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Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Microfilm  Editor 

Gregory  Field 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Lisa  Gitelman 
Leonard  DeGraaf 
Dennis  D.  Madden 

Mary  Ann  Hellrigel 
Paul  B.  Israel 
Robert  A.  Rosenberg 
Karen  A.  Detlg 
Gregory  Jankunls 
Douglas  G.  Tarr 

Reese  V.  Jenkins 
Director  and  Editor 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey 
National  Park  Service,  Edison  National  Historic  Site 
New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Smithsonian  Institution 

University  Publications  of  America 
Bethesda,  Maryland 

ntssion  of  McGraw-Edlson  Company. 


Reese  V.  Jenkins 
Director  and  Editor 

Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 

Associate  Director  and  Microfilm  Editor 

Robert  A.  Rosenberg 
Managing  Editor,  Book  Edition 

Helen  Endlck 

Assistant  Director  for  Administration 

Associate  Editor 

Paul  B.  Israel 

Research  Associates 

Theresa  M.  Collins 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Karen  A.  Detig 

Gregory  Jankunls 

Assistant  Editors 

Keith  A.  Nler 
Gregory  Field 
Lisa  Gltelman 
Martha  J.  King 


Grace  Kurkowskl 

Student  Assistant 
Bethany  Jankunls 


Rutgers,  The  State  Univetsity  of 
New  Jersey 

Francis  L.  Lawrence 
Joseph  J.  Seneca 
Richard  F.  Foley 
Rudolph  M.  Bell 

New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Howard  L.  Green 

National  Park  Service 
John  Maounis 
Maryanne  Gerbauckas 
Nancy  Waters 
George  Tselos 
Smithsonian  Institution 
Bernard  Finn 
Arthur  P.  Molella 


James  Brittain,  Georgia  Institute  of  Technology 
Alfred  D.  Chandler,  Jr.,  Harvard  University 
Neil  Harris,  University  of  Chicago 
Thomas  Parke  Hughes,  University  of  Pennsylvania 
Arthur  Link,  Princeton  University 
Nathan  Reingold,  Smithsonian  Institution 
Robert  E.  Schofield,  Iowa  State  University 


William  C.  Hittinger  (Chairman),  RCA  Corporation 
Edward  J.  Bloustein,  Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey  • 
Gees  Bruynes,  North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Paul  J.  Christiansen,  Charles  Edison  Fund 
Philip  F.  Dietz,  Westinghouse  Electric  Corporation 
Roland  W.  Schmitt,  General  Electric  Corporation 
Harold  W.  Sonn,  Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas  Company 
Morris  Tanenbaum,  AT&T 



The  Alfred  P.  Sloan  Foundation 
Charles  Edison  Fund 
The  Hyde  and  Watson  Foundation 
Geraldine  R.  Dodge  Foundation 


National  Science  Foundation 
National  Endowment  for  the  Humanities 
National  Historical  Publications  and 
Records  Commission 


Alabama  Power  Company 
Amerada  Hess  Corporation 

Atlantic  Electric 

Association  of  Edison  illuminating 
Companies,  Inc. 

Battelle  Memorial  Institute 
The  Boston  Edison  Foundation 
Cabot  Corporation  Foundation,  Inc. 
Carolina  Power  &  Light  Company 
Consolidated  Edison  Company  of 
New  York,  Inc. 

Consumers  Power  Company 
Coming  Glass  Works  Foundation 
Duke  Power  Company 
Entergy  Corporation  (Middle  South 
Electric  Systems) 

Exxon  Corporation 
Florida  Power  &  Light  Company 
General  Electric  Foundation 
Gould  Inc.  Foundation 
Gulf  States  Utilities  Company 
Idaho  Power  Company 
International  Brotherhood  of  Electrical 

Iowa  Power  and  Light  Company 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Stanley  H.  Katz 
Matsushita  Electric  Industrial  Co.,  Ltd. 
McGraw-Edison  Company 
Minnesota  Power 
New  Jersey  Bell 
New  York  State  Electric  &  Gas 

North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Philadelphia  Electric  Company 
Philips  International  B.V. 

Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas 
RCA  Corporation 
Robert  Bosch  GmbH 
Rochester  Gas  and  Electric 

San  Diego  Gas  &  Electric 
Savannah  Electric  and  Power  Company 
Schering-Plough  Foundation 
Texas  Utilities  Company 
Thomas  &  Betts  Corporation 
Thomson  Grand  Public 
Transamerica  Delaval  Inc. 
Westinghouse  Educational  Foundation 
Wisconsin  Public  Service 

A  Note  on  the  Sources 

The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 


1889.  Battery  (D-89-01) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  procurement  and  testing  of  batteries 
for  Edison’s  phonoplex  and  phonograph.  Included  also  are  documents  pertaining  to  William  E.  Hidden’s 
search  for  chrome  to  be  used  in  batteries.  Related  documents  can  be  found  in  D-89-32  (Edison  Manufacturing 
Company)  and  in  D-89-68  (West  Orange  Laboratoiy  -  General). 

1889.  Bergmann  &  Company  (D-89-02) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  of  Bergmann  &  Co.  The  company  manufactured 
electric  lighting  fixtures,  sockets,  and  other  devices  used  with  the  Edison  system  of  electric  lighting,  as  well 
as  equipment  for  the  Edison  phonoplex  system  of  telegraphy.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Joseph  Hutchinson, 
secretary  of  the  company,  and  Samuel  Insull,  general  manager.  Many  pertain  to  the  manufacturing  and  pricing 
of  phonoplex  devices  and  electric  meters.  Other  correspondence  concerns  new  types  of  insulating  materials 
for  electrical  devices  submitted  to  the  laboratoiy  for  testing.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89-66 
(Telegraph  -  Phonoplex)  and  in  D-89-68  (West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General). 

1889.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-89-03) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  circulars,  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  mimeograph  and  electric 
pen  business  of  the  A.B.  Dick  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  concern  Edison*s  patent  infringement  suit  against  the 
Cyclostyle  Co.  Other  letters  pertain  to  the  Scott  Legacy  Medal  awarded  to  the  mimeograph  by  the  Franklin 
Institute.  There  is  also  correspondence  regarding  royalty  payments  and  mimeograph  sales  agencies. 

1889.  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Company  (D-89-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  about  financial  transactions  undertaken  by  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Company 
for  Edison  or  his  companies.  The  letters  deal  with  topics  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories 
Most  of  the  correspondence  relates  to  routine  exchanges  of  money. 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-89-05) 

This  folder  contains  documents,  primarily  correspondence,  covering  a  wide  variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the 
material  relates  to  personal  matters.  Also  included  are  documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subject,  such 
as  a  letter  about  both  the  electric  light  and  the  phonograph.  Documents  concerning  subjects  that  do  not  fall 
under  the  main  subject  categories  arc  also  filed  in  this  folder.  Among  the  items  are  several  documents  relating 
to  the  acquisition  and  shipment  of  the  marble  statue,  "Genius  of  Electricity,"  which  Edison  purchased  for  his 
West  Orange  laboratoiy  at  the  Paris  Exposition  of  1889.  Also  included  is  correspondence  from  engineering 
schools  regarding  scholarship  funds  and  donations  of  electric  light  equipment  and  laboratoiy  apparatus.  In 
addition,  there  are  numerous  letters  from  Everett  Frazar  pertaining  to  Edison’s  business  interests  in  Asia: 
correspondence  by  Philip  S.  Dyer,  Edison’s  patent  attorney  in  Europe;  and  letters  regarding  the  illegal  use  of 
Edison  s  name.  Near  the  end  of  the  folder  is  an  undated  21-pagc  memorandum  in  Edison’s  hand,  declaring 
his  intent  to  go  into  the  ore  milling  business  in  Pennsylvania  and  New  Jersey,  providing  the  rationale  for  this 
decision,  and  explaining  his  plans  for  financing  the  venture. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Accounts  (D-89-06) 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  personal  and  business  finances.  Included  are  bills  and 
accounts  pertaining  to  the  purchase  of  library  furniture  as  a  birthday  gift  to  Edison,  along  with  a  list  of 
employee  contributors  and  the  amount  donated  by  each. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Articles  (D-89-07) 

TTiis  folder  contains  correspondence  requesting  Edison  to  write  articles;  correspondence  relating  to  articles 
about  Edison  or  his  inventions;  and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison.  Also  included  is  a 
conductivity*^  ArthUr  E' Kennelly  conccrnine  his  articles  on  electric  meters,  zinc  sulfate  solutions,  and  the 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Autograph  &  Photograph  Requests  (D-89-08)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  requesting  Edison’s  autograph  or  asking  for  his  photograph. 

1889.  Edison,  T A.  •  Bills  and  Receipts  (D-89-09)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  bills  and  receipts  for  routine  West  Orange  laboratoiy,  personal,  and  office  expenses. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Bills  or  Lading  (D-89-10)  [not  filmed] 

TTiis  folder  contains  bills  of  lading  for  the  shipment  of  merchandise  to  Edison,  Alfred  O.  Tate,  and  the  West 
Orange  laboratoiy. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Book  and  Journal  Orders  (D-89-11) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  ordering  of  books  and  journals.  Also 
included  arc  letters  about  the  purchase  of  state  geological  surveys. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-89-12) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  membership  and  activities  in 
social  clubs  and  professional  societies. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Creditors  (D-89-13)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  unpaid  bills  for  Edison’s  personal  and  West  Orange  laboratory 
expenscs.  Related  documents  can  be  found  in  D-89-09  (Edison,  T.  A.  -  Bills  and  Receipts). 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Employment  (D-89-14) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and  prospective  employees.  There  are  also 
etters  of  recommendation  in  support  of  individuals  seeking  employment.  Most  of  the  correspondence  relates 
to  employment  requests  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  Some  documents  pertain  to  employment  at  Glcnmont 
and  at  the  various  Edison  companies. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Family  (D-89-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about  Edison’s  family.  Some  of  the  letters 
*y?  s  daughter,  Marion,  who  was  traveling  in  Europe.  There  are  also  letters  from  Edison’s  dentist, 

,  ,B;  and  requests  from  various  relatives  for  money  or  personal  favors.  In  addition,  there  is  a  list  of 
vital  statistics  for  Thomas  and  Mina  Edison,  prepared  for  their  passport  applications. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  ■ 

(D-89-16)  [not  filmed] 

This  foUer  contains  routine  correspondence  from  insurance  agents  requesting  Edison  to  purchase  personal 
and  business  insurance  policies.  Also  included  arc  laboratory  insurance  inspection  notices,  inspection  requests, 
and  an  insurance  dividend  notification.  H 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Outgoing  Correspondence  (D-89-17)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  duplicate  copies  of  correspondence  found  in  the  General  Letterbook  Series. 

1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Real  Estate  (D-89-18) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  purchase  and  sale  of  land  and  buildings.  The  letters 
concern  the  acquisition  of  land  in  Bloomfield  and  Silver  Lake,  NJ.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by  George 
P.  Kingsley,  Edison’s  real  estate  lawyer. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Secretary  -  Randolph,  John  (D-89-19)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  John  F.  Randolph’s  role  as  Edison’s  bookkeeper  and  Alfred 
O.  Tate’s  office  assistant.  The  letters  deal  with  routine  financial  transactions  of  the  various  Edison  companies, 
especially  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  Many  of  the  letters  arc  from  Thomas  Butler,  writing  on  behalf  of 
Samuel  Insull.  Also  included  are  routine  letters  of  acknowledgement  and  transmittal. 

1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Secretary  -  Tate,  Alfred  O.  (D-89-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Alfred  O.  Tate’s  role  as  Edison’s  private 
secretary,  along  with  occasional  items  pertaining  to  Tate’s  private  life.  Letters  addressed  to  Tate  in  his  capacity 
as  Edison’s  secretary  or  representative  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories  are  generally  filed 
in  this  folder.  Most  of  the  material  deals  with  routine  business  and  legal  matters.  Letters  addressed  to  Tate 
that  deal  with  a  specific  subject  or  the  business  of  a  particular  company  can  be  found  in  their  appropriate 
subject  folders. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  •  Shipping  (D-89-21)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  shipment  of  supplies,  machinery,  and 
other  equipment  to  the  West  Orange  laboratory  and  to  the  various  Edison  companies.  There  are  also  some 
items  pertaining  to  the  shipment  of  Edison’s  personal  goods. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Suppliers  (D-89-22)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  pertaining  to  suppliers  of  equipment  and  materials  for  Edison.  Letters 
that  are  directly  related  to  the  West  Orange  laboratory  or  to  a  specific  company  can  be  found  in  D-89-70 
(West  Orange  Laboratory  -  Suppliers)  and  in  the  various  company  folders. 

1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Advice  (D-89-23) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements  in  Edison’s  inventions,  asking  him  for 
advice  on  technical  matters,  or  requesting  his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Business  (D-89-24)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  from  individuals  requesting  agencies  for  Edison’s  inventions, 
inquiring  about  their  purchase  or  cost,  asking  for  other  information  about  his  inventions,  or  seeking  to  do 
business  with  Edison. 

1889.  Edison,  TA.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Deafness  (D-89-25)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  requests  for  information  about  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  a  hearing 
aid  by  Edison.  These  inquiries  were  stimulated  by  Edison’s  work  on  the  improved  phonograph,  which  drew 
attention  to  his  own  deafness. 

TThs  folder  contains  correspondence  inquiring  whether  Edison  was  responsible  for  a  bright  light  appearing  in 
the  sky  above  Menlo  Park,  N.J.  Newspaper  accounts  claimed  that  the  light,  referred  to  as  thT"Ed  "tar” 
was  "he  placet  Venu^  SUSpCndcd  from  a  ba,,00n'  Edison  denied  responsibility  and  stated  that  the  light 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Foreign  Language  (D-89-27)  [not  filmed] 

TTiis  folder  contains  routine  and  mostly  untranslated  letters  addressed  to  Edison.  Some  have  been  annotated 
with  a  brief  summary  of  the  contents. 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Personal  (D-89-28)  [not  filmed] 

™S/°'de,r  C0“!ains  r°uliae  Personal  requests,  fan  mail,  and  other  items  for  which  no  record  of  a  significant 
S  Ed,s°n  has  been  found.  Included  arc  letters  asking  Edison  for  educational  advice,  personal 
information,  loans,  charitable  contributions,  exhibits  of  his  inventions,  and  other  personal  favors. 

1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Visitors  (D-89-29) 

This  folder  contains  letters  of  introduction  and  requests  to  visit  Edison  and/or  tour  his  West  Orange 
bboratoiy.  Among  the  requests  are  several  concerning  prominent  Latin  American  figures  such  as  President 
Soto  of  Honduras  and  politician  Agusto  Matte  of  Chile. 

1889.  Edison  Machine  Works  -  General  (D-89-30) 

TTiis  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  and  finances  of  the  Edison  Machine  Works.  Most 
dvnomic  v  Sam“ naUl1,  treasurcr  and  general  manager,  and  pertain  to  the  sale  and  shipment  of 

SSktrl0!*  Pr°dUC,S-  S°me  °f  the  corresPondence  concerns  experiments  and  tests 
conducted  by  the  Machine  Works  on  compounds  sent  from  the  Edison  laboratory  for  use  in  insulated  wiring 
Other  letters  relate  to  explosions  in  junction  boxes  in  New  York  and  other  cities,  mai -  S 

ains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison 
).  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Philip  S.  Dyer,  Edison’s  European  agent  in  Antwerp,  and  deal 
own  Edlso.n  and  Fcl“  Lalande  for  the  r'gh*s  to  the  Lalande  battery.  Related  material  can 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  General  (D-89-33) 

is  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  electric  fighting  and  power.  Included  are 
o  the  incandescent  lamp,  the  alternatingcurrent  controversy,  and  electrocution  experiments 
Jd  P'r?™wn'  a  Naw  Yorfc  electrical  engineer.  There  are  also  documents  concerning  lamp 
.  uf-  P1^0.  Burlington  &  Quincy  Railroad  and  by  the  Niagara  River  Hydraulic  Tunnel 
itablished  to  develop  a  hydroelectric  power  system  in  Buffalo,  N.Y.  Edison  advised  the 

Co.,  which 

rampany  about  the  construction  of  central  stations  and  about  a  direct-current  distribution  system.  A  seriesof 
lengthy  memoranda  written  by  Edison  on  this  subject  can  be  found  near  the  end  of  the  folder.  There  is  also 
a  sahne  pamphlet  relating  to  the  patent  litigation  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.  Among  the  correspondents 
are  H.  Ward  Leonard,  an  electrical  engineer  involved  in  lamp  tests,  and  Edward  D.  Adams,  president  of  the 
Cataract  Construction  Co.  and  a  promoter  of  the  Niagara  Falls  project. 

and  Sims  (D-89-34) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  the  steam  engines  suppUcd  to  Edison  by  the  Armington  and 
PWtad^to  C°'  Am°nS  th<!  d0CUmen,s  is  a  lcltcr  about  thc  °Pcration  of  *t>e  Edison  central  station  in 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  -  General  (D-89-35) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  rclatingto  the  busincssof  the  Edison  Electric  Light 
""  are*  a^,u‘  th,e  technical  development  of  meters,  electric  wires,  and  transformers.  Most  of 
the  correspondence  is  by  W.  J.  Jenks,  director  of  thc  company’s  standardizing  bureau. 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  -  Illuminating  Companies  (D-89-36) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  organization  and  management  of 
local  Edison  illuminating  companies.  Included  are  documents  concerning  the  annual  convention  of  thc 
of  Edison  lllummating  Companies.  Among  the  correspondents  arc  Jonathan  H.  Vail,  secretary 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  of  Philadelphia  (D-89-37) 

Tins  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light 
Co.  of  Philadelphia  Most  of  thc  letters  are  by  William  D.  Marks,  general  manager  of  the  company.  There  are 
also  reports  by  Marks  to  the  company’s  board  of  directors  concerning  the  construction  and  operation  of  central 
stations  and  a  blueprint  containing  a  transverse  section  of  thc  Philadelphia  central  station. 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  General  Electric  Company  (D-89-38) 

C^ta‘nS  “rresP°ndcnce  aad  °‘her  documents  relating  to  the  organization  of  the  Edison  General 
^  “a,ny/  he  CrS  ar°  b?  Hcn,y  Villard’  a  Promincnt  financier  who  became  president  of  the 
company,  deluded  also  are  numerous  letters  by  William  D.  Marks  regarding  a  dispute  over  his  authority  as 
chief  of  the  company  s  engineering  department.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89-44  (Electric  Railway). 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  United  Manufacturing  Company  (D-89-40) 

M‘Lf^C°nrinLCOrrei?°ndCnCe  and  °thcr  documcnts  relaling  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  United 
?  •  .  CO"eSP°.ndencc  is  CharIcs  E.  Chinnock,  vice  president  of  the  company. 
hflheTMfdwesrfrom  dT*  w*  *°.pr°b  ems  m  ‘Jj®  instaHation  of  electric  lighting  plants  and  to  sales  competition 
foiled  ^  n  wfJt  rci  h,  .WIe?1‘nigh°use  and  Thomson-Houston  electric  companies.  Related  material  can  be 
found  in  D-89-43  (Electric  Light  -  United  Edison  Manufacturing  Company). 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Foreign  -  General  (D-89-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  electric  light  business  in  various 
foreign  countries.  Borne  of  the  correspondence  concerns  competition  in  Japan  between  the  AUgemeine 
Electncitats  Gesellschaft  and  Frazar  &  Co.  Other  letterspertain  to  Edison’s  stock  transactions  with  the  Edison 
Spanish  Colonial  Light  Co.,  the  quality  of  Siemens  cables  in  Europe,  and  a  royalty  dispute  between  the 
Canadian  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  and  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co. 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  Foreign  -  United  Kingdom  (D-89-42) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertainingto  the  organization  and  management  of 
Edison  s  British  electric  lighting  companies.  Included  are  letters  relatingto  the  Edison  &  Swan  United  Electric 
Light  Co.,  Ltd.;  Edison’s  Indian  &  Colonial  Electric  Co.;  the  Australasian  Electric  Light,  Power  &  Storage 
Co.;  and  the  Metropolitan  Electric  Supply  Co.,  Ltd.  Also  included  is  a  newspaper  clipping  regarding  Edison’s 
opinion  of  the  electric  lighting  business  in  Great  Britain.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Waterhouse, 
Winterbotham  &  Harrison,  Edison  s  British  patent  attorneys;  Samuel  Flood  Page,  secretaiy  of  the  Edison  & 
Swan  company;  and  John  B.  Verity,  a  director  of  the  Metropolitan  company. 

1889.  Electric  Light  -  United  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (D-89-43) 

Tins  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  United  Fdicr,n 
Manufacturing  Co.  This  company  was  organized  in  1889  as  a  successor  to  the  Edison  United  Manufacturing 
Co.  Much  of  the  correspondence  is  by  Jacob  H.  Herrick,  president,  and  J.  C.  Henderson,  chief  engineer  of 
construction,  and  deals  with  comparative  costs  of  wiring  systems  for  central  stations,  canvassing  of  potential 
districts,  and  franchise  negotiations  for  installing  electric  light  distribution  systems. 

1889.  Electric  Railway  (D-89-44) 

TOs  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  involvement  in  electric  railways, 
borne  of  the  documents  pertain  to  the  acquisition  of  the  Sprague  Electric  Railway  and  Motor  Co.  by  the 
Edison  General  Electric  Co.  and  to  related  stock  transfers  involving  Edison.  There  are  also  two  reports  dealing 
^diKin  General  Eindttl-0Q)f  ^  Sp|agUe  company'  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89-38  (Electric  Light 

1889.  Exhibitions  -  General  (D-89-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  electrical  and  industrial  exhibitions  in  Canada,  the  United 

ssxsr  ““  T- c  “■*  “a  *• 

1889.  Exhibitions  -  Paris  Exposition  (D-89-46) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning  Edison’s  exhibit  at  the  Paris  Universal 
Exposition.  Also  included  are  letters  relating  to  disagreements  between  Edison’s  agents,  William  J.  Hammer 
and  George  E.  Gouraud.  Related  items  regarding  the  contract  for  electric  lighting  at  the  Exposition  can  be 
found  in  the  Miscellaneous  Legal  Series. 

1889.  Fort  Myers  (D-89-47) 

f°!,der  contains  correspondence,  property  tax  receipts,  and  other  documents  pertaining  to  the  maintenance 

Tills  folder  contains  correspondence,  bills,  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  furnishing  and  maintenance 
of  Glenmont,  Edison  s  home  in  Llewellyn  Park.  Included  is  correspondence  from  Edwards  &  Co.  pertaining 
to  the  installation  of  a  burglar  alarm  and  bell  system.  Some  of  the  documents  deal  with  floor  refinishing  and 
rovering.  There  are  also  letters  from  E.  T.  Burrowes  &  Co.  regarding  a  photograph  of  the  house  to  be 
included  in  theirsales  catalog.  Related  documents  pertaining  to  miscellaneous  household  purchases  can  be 
found  in  D-89-09  (Edison,  T.A.- Bills  and  Receipts), 

1889.  Mining  -  General  (D-89-49) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mining  and  ore  milling.  Many  of  the 
etters  are i  by  John  Birkinbine,  a  consulting  mining  engineer  hired  by  Edison  to  evaluate  mining  properties  and 
to  advise  him  on  related  projects.  Some  of  the  documents  pertain  to  requests  for  information  about  Edison’s 
mining  and  ore  milling  machinery.  Included  also  is  an  undated  draft  contract  in  Edison’s  hand  regarding  a 
proposed  Edison  Iron  Concentration  Co.  of  New  Jersey.  Related  documents  can  be  found  in  D-89-1 1  (Edison 
Laboratory*.  Suppliers)11 °rdCrS):  D"89'3°  (EdiS°"  Machinc  Works '  General)  and  D-89-70  (West  Orange 

1889.  Mining  -  Edison  Iron  Concentrating  Company  (D-89-50) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  regarding  the  business  of  the  Edison  Iron  Concentrating  Co.  Most  of  the 
letters  are  by  Walter  S.  Mallory,  secretaiy-treasurerand  general  manager.  Some  of  the  documents  pertain  to 
production  difficulties  at  the  company’s  Michigan  ore  milling  plant.  There  are  also  letters  relating  to  the 
distribution  of  stock  and  other  financial  matters. 

1889.  Mining  -  Edison  Ore  Milling  Company,  Ltd.  (D-89-51)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Co.,  Ltd. 
Included  are  inquiries  regarding  the  value  and  sale  of  company  stock;  correspondence  regarding  stock 

transfers;  letters  of  transmittal;  and  meeting  announcements.  6 

1889.  Mining  -  Fore 

n  (D-89-52) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mining  and  ore  milling  in  Canada,  Chile 
Europe,  and  New  Zealand.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  inquiries  about  Edison’s  ore  milling  and  processing 
machinciy.  Other  documents  pertain  to  ore  samples  sent  to  Edison  from  various  sources.  Among  the 
correspondents  are  Osgood  S.  Wiley,  an  Edison  agent  in  the  United  Kingdom  who  was  dismissed  in  1889- 
James  Dredge,  the  coeditor  of  Engineering;  and  S.  J.  Ritchie,  a  businessman  seeking  to  utilize  Edison’s  ore 
milling  process  in  Canada.  * 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mines  and  ores  to  be  bought  sold 
worked,  or  tested.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  the  mining  interests  of  individuals  who  either  wanted  to  sell 
property  to  Edison  or  to  have  their  ores  tested.  There  are  also  numerous  inquiries  regarding  Edison’s  ore 
Srato^ -  SuppIiefs)latCd  d°CUmentS  Ca"  be  f°Und  in  D-89  01  (Battery)  and  D-89-70  (West  Orange 

1889.  Patents  (D-89-54) 

TOs  foWerTOntains  correspondence  to  and  from  Edison’s  patent  attorneys  and  agents,  along  with  other  letters 
relating  to  domestic  and  foreign  patent  applications,  patent  litigation,  and  other  patent  matters.  Included  are 
letters  pertaining  to  patents  for  the  electric  lamp,  the  dynamo,  the  phonograph,  and  ore  milling  machinery. 

There  are  also  letters  concerning  lamp  p 
Among  the  correspondents  are  Richard  N. 
and  Grosvenor  P.  Lowrey. 

latent  Utigation  in  the  United  States,  Canada,  and  Great  Britain. 
Dyer,  George  E.  Gouraud,  Lemuel  W.  Serrell,  Sherburne  B.  Eaton, 

1889.  Phonograph  -  General 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  about  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  the  phonograph 
Some  of  the  letters  are  by  Edison’s  attorney,  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  and  relate  to  Edison’s  suit  against  Ezra  T. 
Gilliland  and  John  C.  Tomlinson.  Also  included  are  letters  about  musical  recording  sessions  at  the  West 
Orange  laboratory,  correspondence  regarding  phonograph  exhibitions,  and  requests  for  information  about 
phonographs  and  cylinder  recordings.  Individual  letters  pertaining  to  more  than  one  phonograph  company  are 
also  filed  in  this  folder. 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Company  (D-89-56) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Go.  Many  of  the  documents  deal  with  stock  and  royalty  matters  involving  Mary  Hemcnway,  Jesse  Lippincott 
and  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co. 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  (D-89-57) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertainingto  the  businessof  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works.  Many  of  the  letters  are  from  the  law  firm  of  Eaton  &  Lewis  and  relate  to  stock  matters  and  to 
agreements  between  Edison,  the  Phonograph  Works,  and  other  parties. 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  General  (D-89-58) 

IJis  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  commercial  development  of  Edison’s 
phonograph  in  France,  Germany,  Russia,  and  Latin  America.  Some  of  the  letters  pertain  to  the  presentation 
of  a  phonograph  to  the  German  Imperial  Postal  Museum  and  the  demonstration  of  the  phonograph  to  Czar 
Alexander  III,  Peter  Tchaikovsky,  and  Anton  Rubinstein.  Many  of  the  letters  are  by  Julius  H.  Block,  Edison’s 
phonograph  agent  in  Russia.  Also  included  are  two  letters,  written  by  Block  in  1922,  enclosing  phonograph 
testimonials  made  in  1889. 

1889.  Phonograph  ■  Foreign  ■  Edison’s  Phonograph  Company  (D-89-59) 

TJis  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  commercial  development  of  Edison’s 
phonograph  m  the  United  Kingdom,  continental  Europe,  Australasia,  India,  and  South  America-territories 
controlled  by  his  agent,  George  E.  Gouraud.  Included  are  numerous  letters  by  Edison’s  secretary,  Alfred  O. 
Tate,  concerning  Gouraud’s  business  abilities  and  the  efforts  of  Jesse  Seligman  to  take  over  Gouraud’s 
phonograph  agency.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by  Gouraud  and  Tate.  There  are  also  letters  by  J.  Lewis 
Young,  general  manager  of  Edison’s  Phonograph  Co.,  and  by  H.  De  Cbursey  Hamilton,  Gouraud's  business 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  Frazar  &  Company  (D-89-60) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  phonograph  sales  agencies  in  China 
Japan,  and  Korea.  There  are  also  letters  about  the  presentation  of  phonographs  to  Chinese  and  Japanese 
government  officials  and  about  the  search  for  wax  to  use  in  phonograph  cylinders.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
!?,bLrer?“  Frazar>  Edison’s  phonograph  agent  in  Japan  and  China.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89- 
41  (Electric  Light  -  Foreign  -  General). 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  Mexico  (D-89-61) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  commercial  development  of  Edison’s  phonograph  in 
Mexico.  Included  are  documents  concerning  the  formation  of  an  Edison  phonograph  company  in  Mexico  and 
toe  presentation  of  a  phonograph  to  the  Mexican  president,  Porfirio  Diaz.  Among  the  correspondents  are 
Ihomas  B.  Connery,  Edison  s  phonograph  agent  in  Mexico;  Edwin  M.  Fox,  a  New  York  lawyer;  and  Juan  B. 
Ceballos,  a  New  York  merchant.  Fox  and  CebaUos  were  organizers  and  investors  in  Edison’s  Mexican 
phonograph  company. 

1889.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  -  General  (D-89-62) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  North  American 
Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  documents  concerning  stock  transactions,  the  relationship  of  the  company  to 
the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  subsidiary  phonograph  companies,  and  the  advertising  and  distribution  of 
phonographs  and  cylinder  recordings.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Jesse  H.  Lippincott,  president  of  the 
company,  and  Thomas  R.  Lombard,  vice  president. 

1889.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  -  Subsidiary  Sales  Companies  (D-89-63) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  the  business  affairs  of  various  regional  sales  rampnnies  under 
contract  with  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  letters  about  the  exhibition  of  the  phonograph 
and  about  technical  problems  with  phonographs  and  phonograph  batteries.  There  is  also  material  relating  to 
the  shipment  of  talking  dolls.  Among  the  correspondents  are  John  L.  Butterfield,  manager  of  the  Michigan 
Phonograph  Co.;  Louis  Glass,  general  manager  of  the  Pacific  Phonograph  Co.;  and  W.  T.  Ross,  general 
manager  of  the  Tennessee  Phonograph  Co.  B 

1889.  Phonograph  -  Talking  Doll  (D-89-64) 

Tb^  folder  contains  coirespondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  concerning  the  manufacture  and  promotion 
ot  Edison  s  talking  doU.  Many  of  the  documents  pertain  to  the  organization  and  management  of  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.  Included  also  are  letters  requesting  dolls  or  asking  for  information  about 
them.  Among  the  correspondents  are  William  W.  Jacques,  president  of  the  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.,  and 
Benjanun  F.  Stevens,  a  company  director.  There  are  also  numerous  letters  by  Edison’s  friend,  A.  B.  Dick,  who 
was  making  inquiries  about  the  manufacture  of  dolls  while  traveling  in  continental  Europe. 

1889.  Telegraph  -  General  (D-89-65) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  automatic  telegraphy  and  other  telegraph  matters. 

1889.  Telegraph  -  Phonoplex  (D-89-66) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to  the  Edison  Phonoplex  System  of 
1 elegraphy.  Most  of  the  documents  relate  to  the  installation  of  phonoplex  circuits  on  various  American  and 
Canadian  railroads.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  the  problem  of  finding  suitable  batteries,  condensers,  and 
other  components.  There  are  also  documents  regarding  the  phonoplex  in  Germany.  Much  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  W.S.  Logue,  field  agent  for  the  phonoplex  system.  Most  of  Logue’s  letters  are  addressed 
infro‘.“n  S  “C.reta^.’  AlfJfd  °‘ Tate- Tate  served  as  ll>e  company’s  electrician  and  oversaw  its  daily  business 
operations.  Edison  himself  was  only  tangentially  involved  in  phonoplex  operations,  and  very  few  letters  to  or 
from  him  can  be  found  in  this  folder.  The  case  study  approach  begun  in  1887  continues  for  the  Pennsylvania 
Railroad;  substantive  items  relating  to  the  operations  of  the  phonoplex  on  that  railroad  have  been  selected. 
In  addi  ion,  the  following  documents  have  been  filmed:  items  indicating  Edison’s  own  involvement  in  the 
phonoplex;  documents  regarding  the  acquisition  of  phonoplex  instruments  by  the  German  Imperial  Postal 
Museum;  correspondence  from  Charles  Selden  of  the  Baltimore  and  Ohio  Telegraph  Co.  regarding  a  special 
discount  for  his  company  s  use  of  the  phonoplex;  and  an  undated  summary  statement  issued  by  the  Edison 
Phonoplex  System.  Related  matenalcan  be  found  in  D-89-01  (Battery)  and  D-89-02  (Bergmann  &  Company). 

1889.  Telephone  (D-89-67)  [not  filmed] 

SuTc'feph^neCto  ^ routineleWersoftransmittalaccoinpanyingroyaltypayments  toEdison  from  the /Vmerican 

1889.  West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General  (D-89-68) 

c°rr“P<?nd<;!>ce.;ePO«s.  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  operations  of  the  West 
me  bfchmW  nmohnf  ‘S  *  °I  pr0P°f  d,rf earch  Projects  in  Edison’s  hand.  Many  of  the  documents 
are  by  Charles  Batchelor,  superintendent  of  the  laboratory,  and  Arthur  E.  Kenncliy,  chief  electrician. 

1889.  West  Orange  Laboratory  -  Machine  Shop  Accounts  (D-89-69) 

This  folder  contains  labor  cost  accounts  for  the  large  machine  shop  at  Edison’s  West  Orange  laboratory  The 
HC  P*nod  Anenst-Decembcr  1889  and  contain  the  names  of  those  working  infhe  machin7shop. 

he  Etoributfon  PTC,S  onIw?ich  ,hcy  wcre  worki"g-  Related  material  can  be  found  fn 

the  Distribution  of  Labor  books  (West  Orange  Laboratory  Records  Scries). 

1889.  West  Orange  Laboratory  -  Suppliers  (D-89-70) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  purchase  of  supplies  and  equipment 
L  Kullfm'8  Wsf  °[an?e  'ntoratoiy.  There  are  also  documents  pertainingto  Edison’s  purchase  of  the  George 
L.  Kunz  mineral  collection,  including  a  complete  inventory  of  the  collection.  6 

1889.  Battery  (D-89-01) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
procurement  and  testing  of  batteries  for  Edison’s  phonoplex  and  phonograph 
Included  also  are  documents  pertaining  to  William  E.  Hidden’s  search  for 
chrome  to  be  used  in  batteries. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  field  reports  by 
Hidden;  routine  correspondence  regarding  the  ordering  and  shipment  of 
batteries;  printed  circular  from  the  Electrical  Accumulator  Co;  directions  for 
setting  up  a  secondary  battery. 

Related  documents  can  be  found  in  D-89-32  (Edison  Manufacturing 
Company)  and  in  D-89-68  (West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General). 

Jamary  8,  1889. 

Mr.  K  e  n  n  e  1  1  y,- 

I  believe  you  made  a  detailed  report  to 
Mr.  Edison  on  this  battery.  What  answer  would  you  suggest  to 
make  to  Mr.  Higgins'  question? 

A.  0.  Tate 



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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison , 

Menlo:  •  Park ,  N.  J . 

Dear  Sir  : 

.  Some  friends  abroad  have  asked  us  to 

give  them  information  concerning  Dr.  Gas sner's  Patent  Dry 

.  . 

to  have  you  inform  us,  if  you  can  do  so  without  trespassing 
too  much  upon  your  valuable  time  : 

1.  What  your  opinion  of  this  battery  is  ? 

-c'i*  2.  Whether  it  is  the  best  one  in  existence  ? 

3.  And  do  you  think  it  can  be  improved  upon  ? 

4.  Would  you  advise  the  pureliase  of  the  Patent,, 
including  all  future  improvements,  for  Germany? 

Thanking  you  in  advance  and  assuring  you  that  we 
shall  always  be  pleased  to  reciprocate,  we  remain.  Dear  Sir, 
Yours ,  very  truly. 

Dear  Sir  : 

w*  have  y°ur  favor  of  the  11th  inst. ,  and, 
with  your  kind  permissdon,  forward  you  to-ntglit  by  mail, 
a  small  dry  battery  of  Dr,  Gassner,  vhich  we  trust  loill 
answer  the  purpose • 

At  your  leisure,  will  you  please  answer  the  ques¬ 
tions  propounded  in  our  previous  letter  ? 

With  thanks  in  advance ,  and  trusting  that  you  will 
pardon  us  for  the  trouble  we  are  giving  you,  we  remain.  Dear 
Sir,  ‘ 



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l.—It  oan  be  placed  in  any  position,  upside  down  if  necessary, 
as  there  is  no  liquid  to  drain  oat. 

2 -It  oan  be  used  in  VERY  WARM  or  VERY  COLD  places. 

8. -For  carrying  about  and  for  ship  use,  as  well  as  for  general 
•  work,  it  is  perfect.  .  .  . 

4. — It  has  rung  a  bell  for  sixty  days  continuously,  through  a 

resistance  of  twenty  ohms.  ,  , 

5. —H  has  driven  an  electric  clock  for  thirteen  months,  and 

still  runs. 

— G,—H^can  be.  easily'  and  prompttu  renewed. 

It  largely  recoups  itself  when  allowed  to  rest,<  and  may  be  regenerated 

equal  to  new  by  passing  through  it  the  current  from  blue  stone  cells 
or  a  dynamo,  in  the  same  manner  as:  charging  a  storage  battery. 
The  porous  mass  between  the  carbon  and  zinc  is  not  liquefied  during 
regeneration,  and  tests  show  that  a  regenerated  element  is  better 
even  than  when  new.  Exhausted  cells  may  be  returned  and 
regenerated  at  a  small  cost. 

7. — It  is  the  best  and  most  perfect  battery  for  house  work. 

8.  -There  are  thousands  in  use  for  all  purposes:  Indicators, 

Bells,  Telegraphs,  etc. 

9.  -The  necessary  moisture  is  contained  in  the  Battery  in 

chemical  combination,  and  not  in  the  form  of  a  free 

10—  There  is  no  neater,  more  compact  and  handier  Battery  to 

be  had. 

11—  It  is  praised  on  all  hands  for  its  eontinuousness,  its  porta¬ 

bility,  ancl  its  immunity  from  danger. 

12—  For  telephones,  especially  long  distance  ones,  it  supersedes 

all  others. 

PiaiOE  LIS-T.". 

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======  TESTIMONIALS  "  ' 

Post  Offioe, /lonooiO  : 
Telkoeafh  Dept.,  (April  10th,  1881 

Dear  Sir:— Yarn  Dry  Cells,  ••  Qnssner,”  continue  to  do  their  work  well  T  „Ln  t„  „ 

>nvnrd  ofllclnl  order  for  some  more  k  well.  I  snail,  in  n  dny-.ot 

;v"  '  Ai.iiast,  Octobor  1st,  1883. 

Dear  Sir  Tlio  (list  Invoice  of  Dr.  Gnssncr  Dry  Dnttery  Hint  you  sent  mo  1ms  been  so  sntisf  ct 

be?wt018fly  ,,“ill;f?r  the  tIme  ^ your  Bntleries  in  use,  wc  find  Zy  give 

orm  satisfaction.  Wo  have  sold  them  to  n  number  of  customers,  nnd  tlicynre  nil  exceedingly  well 
pleased  with  the  notion  of  the  Gnssncr  Dry  Buttery.  wen 

-  >  •  Yours  truly,  MINNEAPOLIS  ELECTRIC  CO. 

-  -  Jason. Hidden,  Manager. 

Maodebuiio,:  February  31st,  1888. 

reported  to  the  Administration  of  our  Hallway.  Wc  slinll  require  about  five  hundred  cells  for  tlio  current 
year,  which  please  Bupply  as  per  order.  1  no  current 


Administration  of  the  Royal  Prussian  liailmy,  Telegraph  Department. 

LrfcoE,  Juno  15th,  1888. 

Dear  Sirs : — As  you  know,  it  is  my  custom  to  llvo  In  tile  town  In  winter  nnd  In  the  count  In 


which  failed.,  to  boT 

will  always  bo  In  «  working  condition  now  that  I  uso  the  Gnssncr  Cells.  S  mny  ’  " 

Tours  truly,  F.  PIRNAT. 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Menlo  Park,  N.  ~J. 

Pear  Sir  : 

I  should  like  to  see  you  at  my  office,  on 
a  matter  of  business ,  at  soma  time  next  Monday  or  Tuesday, if 
convenient  to  you.  Will  you  kindly  state  the  hour  at  which 
you  may  be  able  to  came,  and  oblige, 

Yours,  very  trxdy^p^ 

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Mr*  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir  r 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
24th  inst *,  addressed  to  our  Mr*  Jesse  Seligman,  referrring 
to  the  Gassner  Dry  Battery  and  giving  your  opinion  of  the 
same * 

Please  accept  our  very  best  thanks  for  your  kind¬ 
ness  in  this  matter,  and  believe  us.  Dear  Sir, 

Yours,  very  truly. 

.  Jr,  (Ocroicxx^  '  ' 

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.  A.  0.  Tate ,  Esti.  , 

Private  Sec’y  to  Mr.  T.  A.  Edison, 

Oraa:;e ,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

t  have  been  lo  see  the  E.  s.  Grecly  Co.  with  referonoo  to  the 
order  I  placed  with  them  for  4  Robor^Brecvort  Batteries,  vihen  I 
Placed  the  order  they  advised  w*  that  the  batteries  were  ready  for 
immediate  shipment.  They  say  that  they  beleive  that  the  lotteries  hi-vo 
bc-cn  shipped  from  the  Robert*3reevort  Factory  in  Connecticut,  but  as 
they  have  not  yet  been  received  I  have  instructed  then  to  send  tracer 
after  then  imaediately.  This  has  been  done  and  I  have  no  doubt  but 
that  you  will  hear  from  the  batteries  within  a  day  or  tv/o.  I  have 
been  unable  to  find  the  Mason-flood  battery.  It  was  deads  rone  lino 
afeo  in  Brooklyn,  but  i  t  appears  to  have  disappeared.  |  There  would 
seen,  to  be 


Os^cn  of  PI 

none  of  the  i>'arie«»Da -is  Batteries  in  this  country.  J.  w.  1 
Hade  lp  hi  a  nay  possibly  h  .scire  a  few  of  then,  and  if  it  | 
neccesary  for  you  to  have  then,  I  shall  communicate  with 

Yours  truly, 







19  Dey  Street, 

New  York.  December  I4th  1889  . 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq. , 

Private  Sec’y  to  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:  ■ 

I  have  a  letter  from /5he  K.  K.Greely  Co.  in  which  they  say, 

"We  have  just  receive^advice  from  the  Robertf-Brevoort  factory  that 
they  shipped  you  on  the  I2th  inst.  2  composite  cells,  which  will  go 
in  the  large  boxes  in  place  of  the  broken  ones,  also  7  po@us  cups  ,7x2x15" 
and  X  carbon  plate  15  x  7  x  5/16".  These  are  to  replace  the  broken 
parts  in  the  Roberts-Brevoort  B at terj/^s hipped  you  a  few  days  ago.  " 


United  Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

»  65  FIFTH  AVENUE, 

isolated  plants.  New  York, _ December  37.  1839, 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Llewellyn  Park,  orange,  H.  J. 

/  A 


Dear  Sir:  — 

On  t lie  12th  insfc  v/o  wrote  you  concerning  your  new 
primary  battery,  saying  we  had  an  enquiry  from  ono  of  our  customers 
in  regard  to  it.  Hot  having  heard  from  you  regarding  the  battery 
we  should  be  gl  d  to  know  if  you  have  received  the  lotter,  if  not, 
wo  should  liko  to  know,  as  soon  as  possible,  'whether  this  battery 
is  now  roady  for  the  market,  and  to  whom  should  we  refer  requests 
for  informal!  on  concerning  same. 

Truly  yours, 

Ass't  to  Gen'l  Manager 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J.  . 

Dear  Sir: — Will  you  have  the  kindness  tf\ 
concerning  your  knowledge  of  the  Woodward  and  Thompson’s  StQrage 
Battery,  commonly  known  as  the  "Detroit  Storage  Battery".  A  Company 
for  the  manufacture  of  these  fetSya-ge  Batteries  is  being  formed  in 
Chicago,  and  before  talc  ine  any  further  interest  in  the  matter,  I 
would  be  glad  to  get  your  opinion  as  to  their  efficiency  compared  with 
other  Storage  Batteries  on  the  market.  Will  you  please  let  me  hear 
from  you  by  return  mail  in  regard  to  the  matter , and  greatly  oblige 
Yours  very  truly,  / 

1889.  Bergmann  &  Company  (D-89-02) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  of  Bergmann 
&  Co.  The  company  manufactured  electric  lighting  fixtures,  sockets,  and  other 
devices  used  with  the  Edison  system  of  electric  lighting,  as  well  as  equipment 
for  the  Edison  phonoplex  system  of  telegraphy.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by 
Joseph  Hutchinson,  secretary  of  the  company,  and  Samuel  Insull,  general 
manager.  Many  pertain  to  the  manufacturing  and  pricing  of  phonoplex  devices 
and  electric  meters.  Other  correspondence  concerns  new  types  of  insulating 
materials  for  electrical  devices  submitted  to  the  laboratory  for  testing. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  relating  to  equipment  orders  and  accounts:  letters  of 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89-66  (Telegraph  -  Phonoplex)  and 
D-89-68  (West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General). 


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The  most  complete  facilities 
for  all  hinds 
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All  Appliances  for  the  Edison  Electric  Light , 

Office  and  Works:  292,  294,  296  &  298  Avenue  B,  Cor.  !7th  Street 
ERr  m  v  Annex  Factory:  457.  459.  461  FIRST  AVENUE. 

cfc™ - _Eeb.j;is’  iiflfia. 

Mr.  "A. -:0‘.  Tate,  ^  'v 

Edlsoni'S'  Laboratory, 

Orange,  IT. 

•My  Dear  Tate: 

I:  gave  instructions’  yesterday  for  a  stamp  |.dfe  tovbe  sent.  toi.Mr.  ■ 
Edison  or  some  of  the  ..porcelain- work  that,  we  use.  I:  also,  gave  instructions' 
for  sample  of  the  work  to1 ‘be  sent.. at.  the  same  time. 

Mr.  -  Edison  has.. an  idea  that., he  .can  make  this  material  for  us  a  great- 

deal  .cheaper  than -we  are  now :  getting  Jt;  and  a  great;  deal  -better  in  appearance. 
I.  wish  you  would  .call ; hi s ■  attention-  to1  the  die  and  sample-,  as.  he  desires,  to-  ex-' 
•.perlment:  aS'  soon-  as1  these  .parts  arrive  in'  Orange.' 

Yours  very1  truly. 

Gen; '  Mgr.^ 



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A,  Mr  Kennelly,  Esq.', 

Edison  tabbbatory. 

Orange,  N.  J^, 

.  Bear  Sirs  • 

We  arf4jifori»ed  by  Mr.  W.  J.  Jenks  that  you  are  writing  an  article  for 
the  -"Scribner”:' fagazlne,  and  would -like  to  have  a  cut  of  the  latest rEdlson  me¬ 
ter  to  use  as  an  Illustration  therein.  We  send  you  to-day,  by  Mr.  Jenks'- direc¬ 
tions  a  sample  :i2-llght  two-wire  meter,  like  the  one  that  was  made  for  the  Paris 
^  Exposition,  We  would  have  fiadv.acut  made  ourselves,  :but  were  Informed  by  Mr, 

"  Wlrt  tm  you  Preferred  to  do  that  part- yourself.  Kindly,  return  the  meter  to  us 
when  you  are  through  with  It,  and  oblige.  .  .. 

Yours  very  truly, 

r  &  co 


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sets  of  Phonoplex  Instruments  to  keep  in  stock.  We  do  not  think  that  the  demands 
of  the  business  (Justify  the  manufacture  of  a  larger  stock  order. 

Yours  very  truly. 



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- April  '12,-1839-, _ 

A,  0.  Tate,  Esq.,  Sec>y, 

Edison  Laboratory., 
Orange,  R. 

My  Dear  Tate: 

We  send  forward  to-day  by  express  to  Mr.  Edlsop  one  copper  electrical 
tea-pot  made  after  a  model  Imported  from  Europe.  Will  you  kindly  look  after  it, 
and  see  that  it  gets  to  the  house?  We  will  mark  It  for  the  house;  so  you  better 
notify  them  there  to  expect  It. 

Yours  very  trujy. 



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Edison’s  laboratory, 

Orange,-  (f.  j.. 

Dear  Sir: 

**  “S,e  r““VM  lmr“ell°“  no.  rro.  the-sclson  Electric  Light  Oo 
to  ose  pore  Mno  m  „ter  platen,  n  »M0  ute  to  too,  i„  regaio  to  the  n„ 
•eter  aether  yonr  pl.„t  socle  be  or  surr.olent  capact.ty  to  rnrnlsb  no  „„„ 
•boot  thin,  pair  or  no.  4  iter  ainco  per  aa»  as  a  constant  apply  ror  the 
year,  one  „hat  ,oalo  be  the  price  or  the  he,  a, nos.  »e  „te  t0  „t  ttI, 
lnroreatlon  at  the  earnest  possible  .cent,  becaose  soae  plants  that  are  no, 
in  progress  propose  to  use  this  new  style  meter  plate. 

Awaiting  reply,  we  reiiialn. 

Tours  very  truly. 


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Orange,  N.  J., 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.,  Sec’y, 

Dear  Sir: 

<yfc™  (2/otA.  April  r4 

Replying  to  yours  or  the  23th,  we  are  pushing  forward  your  order 
ror  twenty-rive  sets  or  phonoplex  instruments  with  all  possible  haste.  We  hope 
to  furnish  ten  sets  complete  on  or  before  the  3th  of  Kay,  and  the  balance  ten 
days  arter.  The  coming  holidays  compel  us  to  close  our  shop  for  three  days; 
consequently,  delaying  us  somewhat  in  the  manufacture  of  these  instruments. 

Yours  very  truly. 

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D m  Sit:  V  W 

We  are  informed  by\Mr.  Vail,  that  the  Japanning  on  the  new  No  4 
meter  \zlpos  is. not  necessary,  and  must  nct  -be  done 

We  have  yours  of  April  1 ?$,  gup  ting' us  prices  cents  per  palr 
on  new  No,  4  meter  zincs  of  pure  zino  alloyed  wi tb . fl ve  per  cent,  of  pore  mer¬ 
cury,  dochls  japanned.  Inasmuch  as  the  JapSpnlng  Is  not  required  'this  will  of 
pojiree,  reduce  the  price/ considerably.  ' 

As  you  are. aware,  we  charge  Central  Stations  at. present  ten  cents 
per  pair  for  these  zincs,  making  a  small  profi^on-  them.  If  :we  should  buy  them 
from  at.  the  above  price,  it  would  i  compel  us  to  raise  our  -  catalogue  .price  on 
these  zincs  considerably,  which,  would  call  ;foriii:unllml  ted  ;.protest.  from  the  Cen¬ 
tral  gtatioms.  >' 

^Adiy  go  over  the  matter  again 
on  the  peter  zincs  without  . .japanning,  we  tn ' 
of  the  above  facta,  to  reduce  your  price : con 
our  batalogue  price. 

Awal  ting  reply., ..  we  remain,  / 

^  Tcprs  very  truly. 

J /and  furnishes  with. your  price 
si  that  you  will  be  able,  in  view 
jjerable,  and  not  compel  us  to,  raise 

It  orT 


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Thomas  A*  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,.  N.  0,, 

Dear  Sir: 

In  answer  to  your  favor  of  Kay  :io;tb,  in  regard  to  six  special  meters 
ior  the  Paris  Exposition,  we  have  not  yet  received  Instractlons  from  Mr,  'Jenks 
as  to  bow  to  proceed  with  these  meters;  nor  Instructions  from  Mr,  Kennelly  as 
tp  the  spool  resistance,  and  the  metal  to  be  used  In  the  wire  of  the  spool.  We 
have  written  Mr,  Jenks  for  these  Instructions,  and  will  rush  this  matter  with 
the  greatest  possible  speed.  As  soon  as  we  receive  these  Instructions,  we  will 
let  you  know  when  we  can  ship  these  meters. 

Yours  very  truly, 




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Office  and  Works:  292,  294,  296  &  298  Avenue  B,  Cor.  17th  Stmet. 

CABLE  address:  Annex  Factorv  :  457.  459.  4«I  FIRST  AVENUE. 

Laboratory  of  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J., 
A.  O'.  Tate,  Esq..,  Sec’y, 

Gfcw  (frif _ May_21,-J183*L.- 

Dear  Sir: 

He  have  yours  of  May  20th,  and  note  your  suggestion  in  regard  to'  the 
holes  on  the  top  of  the  adjustment  screws  in  the  glass  case  of  the  Phonoplex  trans- 
mitter,  and  will  see  that  they  are  drilled  all  the  way  through,  as  you  advise. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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Ok™  _ 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.J. 

Enclosed  please  find  indemnity  bond  to  the  State  of  Texas  which  we  rails 
file  with  our  proposal  for  the  fixtures  for  the  new  Capitol  at  Austin,  Texes. 
Please  have  Mr. Edison  sign  it  as  President,  and  return  it  to  us  by  bearer.  The 
Secretary  will  affix  the  corporate  seal  and  his  signature  upon  return  of  the  in- 

Yours  very  truly, 

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Office  and 

ACN0BERG,  New  York. 

Appliances  for  the  Edison  Electric  Light , 

204,  296  &  298  Avenue  B,  Cor.  !7lh  Street. 

Annex  Factory  j  457.  459.  4<>i  FIRST  AVENUE. 

A.  E.  Kennel  ly,  Esq. 

Edison  Laboratory. 

■  Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir, 

We  are  informed  by  Mr.W.J.Jenks  that  you  are  about  to  make  some  experi¬ 
ments  as  to  the  actual  current  capacity  of  various  sizes  of  covered  copper  wire,  and 
are  asked  by  him  to  send  you  samples  of  the  sizes  we  have  between  h  in.  and  i  in. 

We  have  this  day  sent  to  you  a  number  of  samples,  each  sample  22  ft.  long  as  requested 
We  trust  that  they  will  be  of  service  to  you  in  your  experiments,  the  re-  • 
suit  of  which  we  shall  be  pleased  to  learn. 

Yours  very  truly, 

,  SHOW-ROOMS  AT  No.  65  FIFTH  AVE. 

;ba  and  Estimates  BER.GM  ANN  &  CO  m.  . 

furnished  r  I  r~  -p  l  /~s  «  ,  ^  .  The  most  complete  facilities 

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- -r -  1X0  “fEleoW^ork. 

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All  Appliances  for  tpe  Edison  Electric  Light , 

Qffice  and  Works :  292,  294  29e\  298  Avenue  B,  ot.  ,7th  Street 

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— lA.tji._J.une,  1  flflp . 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange^  NSJ* 

Dear  Sir,  '*  .  .  \  4 

We  send  you  by  express  tq^dby^e  special  ampere  meter  ordered  by  the 

thl  irom  0Cto  L  !  C°  f°r  Mr*H^  -  v,lsh  calibrated  by'hunored- 

..  amperes,  upon  an  al.tpEktt£c^r61uit  having  not  less  than  280  to  S00  ! 

alternations  per  second.  Kindly  HurJ  tufa's  much  as  possible  as  th  Edison  Co 
want  it  without  delay.  Enclosed  find, orde'r  for  same,  le-  the  Doison  Co 

Yours  very  truly, 

Bergmann  &  Co. 

Laboratory  of  Thomas.  A.Edlson, 

Orange,  N..J. 

A.  E.  Kennelly,  Esq. 

Dear  Sir, 

.  -  ■  U  ■  .  ,,  ;.;:_ 

Referring  to  yours  of  May  13th,  you  quote  us  the  price  of  13  cents, 
per  . pair  for  the  new.  type  of  Hov«  -eter  plates,  cast  from  an  amalgam  of  pure  zinc  and 
mercury.  You  do'not  mention  in  your  letter  whether  this  price  includes,  the  furnish¬ 
ing  of  the  copper  ro'd  which  is  jcAst  inthe  pUte  and  the  making  of  the  mould,  if  the 
copper  rod  is-  include^,  we  presums'that  it  would  reduce  the  p*ice  of,  the  plates  con¬ 
siderably  if  we  furnished  the  rods- ready  for  Casting  in  the  plate. 

It  is  necessary  to  furnish  these  meter  plates  to  the  meter  stations  at 
once,  and  we  should  therefore  be  pleased  to  receive  your  quotations  for  the  plates  in 
lots  of  10,000  and -also  your  -reply  to  the  above.  If  you  require  us  to  make  the  mould 
for  the  meter  pl^|kindly  inform  us- of  the  best  form  for  the  same,  and  if  it  is- 
necessary  to  allow ’^thing  for  shrinkage.  Ke  enclose  you  blue  print  of  the  new 
meter  plate  furnishedAis  by  the  Standardizing  Bureau. 

As- we  are  very  anxious- to  place  the  order  for  these  plates-  without  any  fur¬ 
ther  delay, we  trust  that  you  will  give  the  matter  you*  immediate  attention. 

■"ours-  very  truly, 

Bergmann  &  Co_ 

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A.E.  Kennelly,  Esq. 

Laboratory  of  Thomas.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  R.J. 

My  dear  Sir, 

I  enclose  you  herewith  two  samples,  of  a  material  called  Bonsilate  which 
is.  being  put  upon  the  market  in  competition  with  hard  rubber.  I  shall  be  glad  if 
you  will  make  tests,  on-  this,  material  of  just  such  a  character  as.  those  you  have  made 
on  previous,  hard  insulating  material  which  we  have  sent  to  you.  At  the  same  time  I 
shall  also-  be  glad  if  you.  will  let  me  have  a  comparative  test  as  between  Bonsilate  and: 
hard  rubber.  I  presume  you  have  samples  of  hard  rubber  in  the  Laboratory  which  will 
permit  you  to  make  this  comparison. 

Yours  very  triJly, 

Bergmann  &  Co. 

11th.  0o  1. 1889. 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.Gdison, 

Referring  to- your  letter  of  the  11th  lust,  we  beg  to  say  that  we  shall- 
In  an  order  at  once  for  25  sets  of  phonoplex  instruments.  The  idea  is  that  we  wi 
nanufaoture  them  in  sets  of  25  and  before  the  one  set  is  exhausted -we  will  put  in 
>ther  order.  Of  course  we  cannot  make  them  singly  and  replace  each  set  sold,  but 
think  our  method  will-  keep  you  w.ith  instruments  always  in  hand. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.Edison, 

Orange,  R,J. 

A. E. Kennel ly,  Esq. 

Dear  Sir, 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst  regarding  the  percentage  of  mer- 
oury  in  meter  plates,  knowing  a  little  about  it,  it  suggests  itself  to  me  that  possibly 
the. variation  in  the  percentage  of  mercury  might  work  some  change  on  the  constant  on 
v/hioh  bills  are  made  up.  This  is  probably  not  so, or  you  would  have  mentioned  it.  ! 
Please  advise  me,  however,  for  ive  are  to-day  writing  the  Edison  Manuf.Co  to  make  all 
plates  that  are  made  hereafter  with  three  per  cent  of  mercury  instead  of  five.  This 
is  done  without  consultation  with  the  Standardising  Bureau  as  we  understand  that  it 
no  longer  exists. 

Yours  very  truly,  j 

Bergmann  &  Co. 


Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.Edi 

(A.E.Kennelly,  Esq. 

StOWC&M _ mh._Q040.b9r --Laor 

I  A. Edison,  ^ 

Orange,  N.J.  ^  /£ 

We  shall  feel  obliged  to  you  if  you  will  let  us  have  your  reportof  ex 
rents  made  at  the  Laboratory  on  certain  samples  of  "bonsilats"  sent  you  the  oth 
day,  as  soon  as  possible,  as  w.e  are  waiting  to  learn  whether  the  material  will,  a 
the  purposes  to  which  it  is  intended  to  put  it  if  satisfactory. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Laboratory. of  Thomas  A-.Bdlson. 

■  Orange, ;  N;  J. 

A: E-.  Kennel ly.  Esq, 

> Dear  Sir, 

We'  send: you:  to-day.  a- sample  of  ,“RoxHe".  a-  new.  material  •  for:  which  hl-gl, 

■  insulating, fireproof-  and: other-  qualities  are  claimed,  by.  Its  manufacturers.  We 
shall  be-glad  If  . you  will  make  a-  thorough  test.on,  It, andrshow.-us.  at  the :same:  time 
:how; Itcompares  with  the. "Bons 11 ate”  material  which:you  tested  a  short  time  ago. 
Yours. truly. 

.-Orange,  N,.J. 

.  A.E.Kennelly,  gsq. 

Dear  Sir., 

Your  favor  of  the  13th  inst  regarding.  Roxite  material  is.reoefved.  We. are 
very  much  obliged- to  .jroufor  making,  .the  test,  but  admit  that  the  result  Is.  very. differ¬ 
ent  from  what  was  expected. 

Yours  truly, 

-  Eergmann  f.sjCo .  //■— _ 

General  Manager. 

■.Orange, !  NiJ.. 

Dear. Sirs,  .  j 

:V/e-  send-,  you; by,:. this-  mail  a.sample  .of .jLnow.. material,  which.-  tile  Inventors  | 
.claim,  possesses.:  quail  ties- which:  will' render.  It-  a-,  useful  auxiliary,  in.  our-  eleolrioel  j 
work.  Kindly: put.  it: .through.:  the . necessary  tests;  and.-  advise  us  as.  to  the  result;  also : 
how.  1 1.  compares,  wi  th,  the  bonsi late: material-. which. you  have -already  tested. 

.  Than  kin  gl-you  In:  advance,  we. are 

Yours:  truly, 

.  Bergmann .  S-  Q<C^ 

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A.E.Kannelly,  Bsq. 

Laboratory  of  Thinias  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir., 

We  send  you  by  this  mall  a  sample  of  Ebonite  which  .re  .rant  tested  In  regar. 
to  Its  suitability;  for  our  work-the  same  is  you  have  tested  the  'Bonsilate  V’HoxUe" 
and  other  material.  We  think  this  sample  is  in  shape  to  enable  you  to-  give  a  good  i 
test.  Will  you  kindly  advise  us  of  the  result  of  your  test  as  soon  as  you  have  made 
it..  We  should  like  to-  have  your  opinion  of  It  as  to  using  it  for  making  our  sookat 
rings,  and  as  to-  Its  suitability  for  the  washers  used  In  our  sockets. 

Yours  truly. 

My  dear  Tate, 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst  touching  delay  in  the  matter 
of  shipping ex  instruments,  we  must  plead  guilty,  but  it  has  been  unavoidable  i 
and  the  real  . criminal'  is  at  Schenectady..  Me  have  been  unable  to  get  any  magnet  wire 
■from  there,  and  this  is  the  cause  of  the  delay.  They  have,  however,  promised  to  ship 
i.t  by  .expr.eis  so  that  it  mill- reach  us  to-day,  and  if  this  is  done,  the  instruments 
will  be  rushed  out  in  good  shape. 

4.0.  Tate,  Esq.. 

Labor  tor y  of  Thomas  A.E dison.  Orange. 

1889.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-89-03) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  circulars,  and  other  documents 
relating  to  the  mimeograph  and  electric  pen  business  of  the  A.B.  Dick  Co. 
Some  of  the  letters  concern  Edison’s  patent  infringement  suit  against  the 
Cyclostyle  Co.  Other  letters  pertain  to  the  Scott  Legacy  Medal  awarded  to  the 
mimeograph  by  the  Franklin  Institute.  There  is  also  correspondence 
regarding  royalty  payments  and  mimeograph  sales  agencies. 

Approximately  60  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  letters  of  transmittal 
and  acknowledgement;  other  routine  business  correspondence;  duplicate  copies 
of  selected  documents. 


.Tanuary  2,  1889. 

In  reference  to  the  attached,  Rob't.  Gilliland 
is  entitled  to  three-tenths  of  all  mimeograph  royalties  received 
by  Mr.  Edison  from  the  A.  B.  flick  Co.  The  amounts  which  we  hav-e 
remitted  Gilliland  have  been  less  than  three-tenths  -  1  think  2/LO. 
Make  up  his  account  to  date  and  draw  a  check  for  the  balance  due 

A.  0.  Tate. 


ROBERT  GILLILAND,  Puts.  Wm  m  shelmn  _ 

EZRA  T  GILLILAND  Vl„  d  JAMES  F.  GILLILAND,  Supt.  Wm.  M.  SHELDON,  Treas. 

EZHA  T.  GILLILAND,  V.ce  Ppm.  LE  GRAND  PARISH,  Secy.  ' 

Gilliland  Electric  Co., 

o^s^nee..’ . 28 . -  ...aa ...  y<38  I 

- l»Ir-.A.O.Tate..  | 

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_ — .payjnent_oiLroyalt.y_is_entirely_sat.isfac.t  ory _ .providing.  •: 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:— As  requested  in  your  favor  of  the 

31st  ult.  we  enclose  herewith  copy  of  contract  between  Mr.  Edison, 
Mr.  Gilliland  and  ourselves. 



Yours  very  truly, 

R  K  C  K  X  V  K  I)  -of  THOMAS  A.  KM  SON  the  s.m  of  Forty-nine 
hunrtred  flml  rilty  dollars  ($4,0*50),  ln  j\xll  for  sixty-six  sh»res 
of  $100  each  fully  said  stock  of  the  A.  B.  DICK  COMPANY,  a  coi-po- 
ration  existing  under  the  laws  of  the  State  of  Illinois,  with 
principal  office,  at  Ohionfjo:  said  shares  to  be  deli  worod  within 

ten  days  from  date  hereof. 

Pacific  Phonograph  Co. 

My  dear  Tate: 

eCUTIVe  OFFICE,  323  PINE  STREET,  rt,- 

SAN  FRANCISCO.  ,j  t/jT  A 

I  take  the  liberty  of  sending  you  a  copy  of  a  let- 
ter  which  I  sena  to  Mr.Dick  of  Chicago  on  terminating  our  Mimeo¬ 
graph  agency  here.  1  do  this  for. the  reason  that  I  know  the 
fellow  is  capable  of  misrepresenting  us  as  he  has  done  so  before 
and  will  do  again  if  the  opportunity  occurs. 

The  Mimeograph  is  a  good  instrument, if  it  were  not, that 
man's  method  of  working  it  would  have  swamped  it.  long  since.  This 
fact  was  apparent  to  me  a  year  ago  when  I  saw  him  and  off ered  to 
ship  all  his  material  back  to  Chicago  clear  of  freightage;  to 
avoid  this, he  gave  me  a  commission  agency  which  he  did  not  propose 
.at  that  time  and  never  dfterwards  lived  up  to  it.  We  spent, as 
you  see, a  good  deal  of  money  in  advertising  and  gave  out  labor 
free.  And  I  found  after, that  in  proportion  to  our  population, our 
sales  on  the  Pacific  Coast  were  greater  than  in  the  East. 

In  what  way  he  is  associated  with  Mr.Edison  I  do  not 
know, but  I  will  say  that  in  consequence  of  that  association,!  have 
allowed  him  to  take  ah  advantage  of  us  which  I  am  really  ashamed 
of— and  I  take  the  liberty  of  predicting  that  Mri  Edison  will  one  : 
day  suffer  from  the  connection. 

Very  truly  yours. 


Iiouis  Glass-. 


Pacific  Phonograph  Co. 

April  6", 188 9. 

A.B.Dick  Co., 

152  lake  St., Chicago.  * 


Enclosed  we  send  you  draft  on  Chicago  for  $112.21, 
for  which, please  send  us  receipt  in  full. 

In  making  thi  s  remittance  I  wish  to  review  our  relations 
in  the  Mimeograph  business.  I  came  into  it  through  Major  Me 

Laughlin  v/ho  held  a  contract  from  you  covering  California, Y/ashing- 
ton  Territory  and  Oregon.  This  contract  was  exclusive  in  charac¬ 

ter  and  believing  the  Mimeograph  to  be  an  instrument  which  would 
grow  in  popularity , Mr. Sabin  and  myself  agreed  with  Major  McLaughlin 
to  put  up  the  necessary  funds  for  its  introduction  in  return  for 
which  we  were  to  have  half  the  profits.  Individual ly , I  had  had 
but  little  business  experience, my  previous  life  having  been  spent 
in  mining, but  I  soon  found  that  altho*  Mr. Edison's  name  attached 
to  the  Mimeograph  have  it  recognition, still  at  the  same  time  it 
was  apparent  that  every  instrument  sold  must  supplant  some  machine 
of  the  same  character  which  already  occupied  the  field.  I  also 
found  that  your  prices  were  higher  than  any  similar  device  and 
your  tenns  to  agents  very  muchmore  exacting, in  as  much  as  under 
the  contract  we  must  have  paid  for  all  instruments  before  they 
could  possibly  be  delivered  in  California. 


Ao— ;  Pacific  Phonograph  Co. 

Of  instruments  you  required  us  to  sell  each  month  in  California 
was  a  gross  absurdity  and  of  course  the  contract  was  violated  the 
very  first  month  and  had  you  determined, you  could  have  voided  it 
at  that  time, but  you  did  not  do  so  .  You  made  slight  reduction 
in  some  of  the  percentages  and  after  we  had  spent  a  good  deal  of 
money  in  advertising  the  machine, you  allowed  the  Caligraph  Company 
to  offer  your  machines  for  sale  here  directly  in  conflict  with 
our  contract.  When  I  complained  to  you  in  this  matter, you  gra¬ 
ciously  wrote  me  that  in  your  opinion  it  would  assist  our  business. 

Mr. Sabin  and  myself  have  put  in  the  Mimeograph  business 
$1020.94;  our  profits  have  been  since  the  beginning  $487.23, leav¬ 
ing  us  net  losers  of  $533.71. 

Nothing  could  possibly  be  more  unjust  than  to  ask  us  on 
surrendering  our  agency  to  turn  over  the  material  on  hand  and 
lose  the  freight  on  same  from  Chicago  to  San  Pranaisco;  a  large 
part  of  this  material, as  you  know, came  by  express  and  the  charges 
were  very  heavy.  !  had  determined  a  week  ago  that  under  no  cir¬ 
cumstances  would  I  allow  you  to  defraud  us  out  of  this  item, but  in 
consequence  of  the  fact  that  we  are  all  under  obligations  to  Mr. 
Edison  and  he  has  allowed  you  tie  use  of  his  name, and  the  further 
fact  that  we  do  not  find  many  Mr. Dicks  i„  this  world, I  have  con¬ 
cluded  to  make  a  remittance  and  trust  that  this  may  end  all  rela¬ 
tions  between  us. 

Very  truly  yours. 

52  Liberty  St., New  York. 

April  10th  1889, 

To  whom  it  may  concern: - 

The  recent  decision  of  Judge  Coxe  in  the  suit  of  Mr. Thomas 
Edison  et  al,  against  the  Cyclostyle  Company,  on  his  Electric  Pen 
patent, in  no  way  effects  the  Mimeograph,  which  is  protected  by  entire¬ 
ly  distinct  patents. 

The  remarks  of  judge  Coxe  in  reference  to  the  comparative 
merits  of  the  two  devices  which  were  under  consideration  by  him, refers 
only  to  the  Electric  Pen,  and  a  machine  called  the  Cyclostyle. 

The  superiority  of  the  Mimeograph  over  all  other  manifolding 
machines  is  universally  admitted. 

The  suits  which  we  are  pressing  against  the  Cyclostyle  Com¬ 
pany  for  infringement  of  our  type-writer  patents, are  not  effected  by 
this  decision,  and  are  being  vigorously  pushed  to  a  hearing. 

, It  is  needless  to  add  that  Mr. Edison  still  considers  his 
patent  for  Autographic  printing  as' being  infringed  by  unlicensed  users 
of  the  method  and  an  appeal  will  be  taken  from  Judge  Coxe' s  decision 
to  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United.  States. 

We  feel  it  our  duty  to  put  you  in  possession  of  the  facts 
concerning  tMs  'dceision,  as  the  items  which' have  appeared  in  the 
various , newspapers,  fail  to  designate  particularly  the  Electric  Pen 
patent,  in  r.efcring  to  the  ruling  of  the  Judge,  and  consequently  an 
impression  i's  left  with  some  readers  that  it  is  the  Mimeograph  which 
is  effected,\which  is  entirely  erroneous. 

v-'''  Yours  truly, 


K.  B.  Dick  Comphny, 

„  labor-saving  office  devices. 

162-154-  LAKE  STREET. 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Orange ,  N. J. 

Dear  Sir: — Please  find  enclosed  sample  of  work 
done  on  the  Mimeograph  by  our  Cincinnati  agent. 

Yours  veiy  truly, 


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The  above  is  a  MIMEOGRAPH  print  taken  from  a  hand¬ 
written  stencil.  This  is  taken  from  a  Typewritten  sten¬ 
cil.  Anyone  who  writes, or  operates  a  typevrri ter, can  make, 
a  stencil, from  which  one, or  as  many  as  three  thousand 
copies, in  any  color, and  in  exact  imitation  of  the 
original  can  be  taken. 

RATES, our  object  being  to  advertise  the  MIMEOGRAPH. 

Call  to  see  the  MIMEOGRAPH  and  our  recently  invented 
office  devices, or  send  for  circulars  "C! 

For  J2ii|ifieati«y  Writing,  Ti|pe-writing,  drawings  or  Music. 


Thetmprovements,  being  so  Important  that  it  reaily  Is  a  new  machine,  embodying,  however,  all  th< 
1  1  l  ; "  '  !  1  advantages  of  the  “Cyclostyle”  without  a  single  disadvantage.  ' 




■1- '-s TYPE-WRITER,  with  sucb  close  resemblance  to  actual  type¬ 
writing  that  even  an  expert  bas  to  use  a  glass  to;  distinguish  a  copy  from  an  original. 


Jf?e  fol!ou/il>$  are  so fr\$  of 

fidv a^ta^es  of  tf?e  jVsosti(fe  ou<?r  otf?er  piioeesse^ 

J* — This  la  bur  si 
>g  houses  and  corporations 
uuunuj  who  havo  used  it  dully  to 
to-day  us  good  as  now,  and  wlio  hoi 

Superiority  or  Work.— The  work  produeod  by  the  Neostylo,  unlike  other  . 
I"  processes,  looks  like  ordinary  writing,  inasmuch  as  the  writing  is  free  and  natural, 

. between  the  up  and  down  strokos.  The  work  of  other  stencil 

—no  difference  between  up  and  down  strokes. 

Type-writing  can  bo  duplicated  with  such  close  resemblance  to  actual  type-writing 
t  lias  to  iiso  a  glass  to  distinguish  a  copy  from  an  original. 
i«l  Uniformity  or  Copies.— Equally  suitable  for  10  copies  or  3,'000; 

’"'  ed  from  tho  flrst. 

rork;  it,  The  writing  Is  done  u 
ins  easily  as  an  Ordinary  pen.  No  lnstruc 

- - -  ,™,.Jon,  arid  nb  practice  required;"  Wo  cm.  , 

refer  to  several  thousand  Arms  and  corporations  whoso  first  attempts  liavo  boon  an  absolute  j 


ongest  point  of  ndvontago.  Wo  can  rofor  t’othousani 
clergymen  and  principals  of  institutions  throughout  tl 
tho  last  two,  three  and  four  years,  whoso  machines  ai 
i  not  spent  ono  cont  on  repairs  (see  Testimonials).  Oth 
-  Noostylo  lasts  a  life-time 

In  Use.— Tho  supplies  will  bo  found  less  expensive  than  thoso  necessary 
processes,  and  will  cost  about  half  what  tho  golatlno  proooss  docs.  Not  a 
it  on  repairs  in  years  (see  letter  Neicark  Board  of  Education). 1  Other 
■o  to  constantly  ronow  and  ropair  than  original  cost  of  machine. 
Bitp'dlly— Original  may  bo  written  its  fast  as  one  can  write  with  an  ordinary  pencil- 
thick  choinical  ink  to  writo  with.  t 

Tiro  ‘‘Ncostylo”  Patented  “Magic”  Frame  is  a  most  simplo  and  ingon- 
i  self-delivering frame,  throwing  out  tho  sheet  as  soon  as!  printed, itho  frame' itself  being 
raised  by  spring  hinges.  It  saves  more  than  half  tho  timo  and  labor  nocMsary  in  printing 
by  any  othor  stencil  process.  Immediately  after  original  is  wrltton  copies  can  bo  printed  at 

loft  for  any  length  of  time,  and  further  ; 

do  imperceptibly.  Any  portion  of  tho r  original  .caq  bo  j 
....  -  Ibstltutod  oron  nrtor  u  nutuhor of  copies  huvo'  booiiV 
obtnliicil.  This  Is  impossible  with  any  other  process.  ' ‘..i 

Stencil  Paper  bolng  quite  transparent. 

Music.— Tlio  staff  can  bo  ruled  simultaneously  with  tho  Staff  Pen/  or  Music  Stencil 
Papor  is  sold  ready  ruled;  also  special  pen  for  making  tho  black  notos  instantaneously; 

Inking  Roller  hnsashiold  to  protect  it  from  dust,  and  at  tho sninVtlmo'lt  nro'- 
vonts  any  ink  spattering  on  to  tho  hands,  cuffs,  etc.,  when  rolling  at  all  quickly.  Tlils'is  'a 
great  advantage  over  similar  processes,  as  all  inking  rollers  not  so  protected  nro  sure  to 
spatter  the  ink  and  the  cuff  is  apt  to  touch  it. 

;.  i;.  Copying  Ink  will  pormit  of  luttor-pross  copies. being  taken  from  any  duplicate— any 
length  of  timo  raoyoln|iso  before  tho  copying.'  Thus  blanks' can  bo  made  and  copied  in 
lotteivprcssaftor  samq  are  subsequently, flllod  in. 

Fnnoy  Work,  such  as  programmes,  menus, '.invitations,  'cniondnrs,  oti;?" can  bo 
printod  in  gold  or  silver,  making  vory  attractive  and  urtistlo'copics.  :i".ns 

Accidents.— It  is  impossible  to  burst  stencil  by  the  occidental  olMing  of’ frame*  tba- 
springs  always  keeping  saiuu  in  correct  position  should  tlio  operator  bo  called  away  The 
Shoot  being  stretched  bofore  wrltton  on,  thoro  is  no  danger  of  bursting  stnncll 
whon  strctohlng,  a  frequent  ocourronco  when  stencils  are  stretched  after  written 
as  in  othor  processes.  ’ 

Has  none  of  :tfte  disadvantages  of  other  Processes* 

NO  corrugated  plate  or  file  to  wear  smooth  or  get  clogged  up,  fj 

NO  shifting-  of  paper  necessary  every  two  lines.  !- 

NO  cumbersome  or  difficult  wheel-pen  to /learn  to  write  with.  [l 

NO  washing-,  melting,  soaking  or  dampening  necessary.  NO  chemicals  'j 
NO  expensive  parchments.  NO  aniline.  NO  joopying-press  required.  - 
NO  complicated  meohagism  to  get  out  of  order/o^  batteries  to  keep  in  order. 
1  'NO  cumbersome  and  unwieldy  pen  to  leat£n'&>  write- with^  •"  •*  :  * 1 


iimkes  a  Htoncil  of  It  As  Jill  }  Pu  ’  W. ho  »8ccTus  hif.idly  iw  Uio  fruslost'wrilor  can  ^  1  *  Ncostylo  Pen  ( 


of  spccinl'y  immufnctiiml  oul71ZVc^  ‘  .  ,  ,  , 

PMfon,tos'tl,c  s,u„c;  S  “1;,'°^ bn°kT.'ii,'mkl!^  ,S0,ll'nt  11,0  ^l«,«trikcs  thf vo  ,i!,po? “n'  Tyno  sSinfll,^. 


Noostylo,”  PostalCard  BizOjMrill  print  ni'ijrsfL  not  larger  than  G>£x4,  $10.50,,: 

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•  . B  op  Type-writ’ 

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No.  1}6  “ Comminution  Ncbstylo/VLottorsiioi^ 8^x11^!° ! '?**! "[an,,zo an',  Uaok,«i»I,Hna%\SuOT7.,JK,Sl 

••;■  .*  :•  ...,:  “  ,  Cap  size,,  .9  xl4  : ‘  ‘ ‘ 

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Mr.  Thoms  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:— Enclosed  we  hand  you  Nev;  York  Exchange 
for  $  507.35  in  payment  of  enclosed  statement  for  royalties  on  Mimeo¬ 
graph  ^  etc.}  for  the  months  of  April,  May  and  June. 

Please  acknowledge  receipt,  and  oblige 


Yours  very  truly, 

lln/SOM'S  MiHEOGRAPH  &.  OTHER  /.A30R-SAV/MG  O F F t C £  DeVi C ES 


<i//0.yo& 'tyaJbce/'  U-fa&A* 

Dd/soa/’j  Mimeograph  (X.  other  /abor-savhvc  Office  Devices  etc. 

^■°  */  ^Acecro  ^ 

<V  _  c4Z.yoe4faJL**&.  *8k&*L&Jbu 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

M  August  1st. 1889. 



Please  find  enclosed  herewith  cheek  of  thB  Eranklin  Op* 
Institute  of  this  City  for  $20  as  premium  accompanying  the  John 
Scott  Medal  for  the  Mimeograph  which  was  presented  to  me  this 
morning.  I  was  not  aware. until  a  few  days  ago  that  a  premium 
accompanied  the  medal. 

I  wish  to  thank  you  for  your  kindaaaa  in  the  matter  of 
allowing  ms  to  retain  tha  medal— it  will  be  the  best  endorsement 
of  the  Mimeograph  yet  secured, especially  for  Pennsylvania. 

Very  truly  Yours, 

H.  B.  Dick  Comphny, 

labor-saving  office  devices, 

152-154  LAKE  STREET. 


r  fcivor 

Mr.  Thorns  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:— We  have  your  £c£vor  of  the  2nd  inst.. 
™ hQ"lCl10BUf„aB  rs^ated>  ^  thanlc^ou  for  sane.  Note  what 

to  tL  'a ^  authorizil®  Gro;“  •  Raum,  Jr. -our  agent - 

-  t0,  rQooave  the  medal, and  presume  after/he  has  received  sufficient 
advertising  irom  it,  that  he  will  tupn  same  over  to  you. 

'Yours  very  truly, 

(  YjfJLO 

K.  B.  Dick  Company, 

V,  Labor-saving  office  d e V I c es, 

. October  19  th. . &B&S9. . 

Mr.  A, 0. Tate,  Secy, 

Orange,  N.J. 

.  .  We  Presume  that  you  understand  thorough  ly>how  to  get 

the  best  results  from  the  type  writer  attachment  of  the  Mimeo-graph. 
If  you  do  not  succeed  in  doing  so  kindly  let  us  know, and  we  will  send 
Mr,  Howison  over  to  give  you  some  suggestions. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Dictated  to  C.C. 


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A. 0. Tate,  Esq., 
near  Sir: 

Mr  pflii/i!!  t^a\I„1sh^11  require  the  original  contracts  between  ’ 
Mr.  Edison  and  whe  Dick  Company,  and  Mr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Gilliland 
and  the  Dick  Company,  in  order  to  properly  prepare  the  proposed 
new  license  agreement  with  the  Dick  Company  for  the  manufacture 
of  Mimeographs  for  export  and  sale  in  foreign  countries.  These 
Wil1  reca11  1  Returned  to  Mr.  Edison  with  my  letter  of 
the  I8tn  inst .  containing  an  opinion  in  regard  to  his  rights  in 
this  connection.  Will  you  kindly  send  me  copies  of  the  two  con¬ 
tracts  at  your  early  convenience,  and  oblige, 

Very  truly  yours. 


B.  Dick  Company, 

-  labor-saving  office  devices, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dec.  21/89. 

/l)4r  Si/—  1  halve  youf  fa\r  of  the  19th  inst., 
and  in  reply  beg  /o  saWhat  it/  is  \mp/tant  th\you  write  me  con¬ 
cerning  foreign  /rade  of  Mimeographs  by  next  mail, as  I  am  negotiate 
to  manufacture  jhem  abroad,  J you  have  requested, unless  we  can  make 
a  satisfactory  Arrangement  Wth  you  for  manufacturing  here. 

You  wii^rercm^/that  different  parts  of  the  Mimeographs 
are  patented  by  us,  excepting  the  process  of’ making  the  stencil, and 
no  other  concern  could  manufacture  the  Mimeograph  in  this  country, 
after  our  present  pattern,  without  conflicting  with  Patents  which  we 
own,  outside  of  the  Patent  which  you  have.  It  seems  unnecessary  to 
delay  this  matter  any  length  of  time,  as  it  is  a  question  of  whether 
a  proposition  such  as  you  might  submit  would  be  satisfactory  to  us  or 
not.  If  not,  we  will  answer  to  that  effect  by  return  mail, and  if  it 
is  satisfactory, we  will  be  glad  to  sign  a  contract  with  you- to  fully' 

We  urgently  ask  your  prompt  attention  for  the  reasons 

Yours  very  truly, 



"De-eemberSd,  ,-I-3&9_ . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Dear  Sir: 

License  to  the  A. B. Dick  CO.  to  Manufacture  for  Export 
Pursuant  to  Mr.  Tate's  request,  I  have  prepared  and  give  you  en¬ 
closed,  duplicate  copies  of  proposed  license.  As  this  document 
is  drawn  it  gives  to  the  Dick  Company  the  right  to  manufacture  and 
also  the  right  to  license  others  to  manufacture,  within  the  United 
States,  for  export,  use  and  consumption  in  foreign  entries.  .As  I 
have  drawn  the  second  section,  the  royalty  is . on  each  "specimen  of 
the  apparatus".  Mr.  Tate  used  the  word*machine"  It  seems  to  me 
that  the  word  "specimen"  is  better.  Am  I  right? 

The  third  section  is  based  upon  the  fourth  section  of  . the 
old  agreement  of  June  27,  1887.  ‘ 

The  fourth  section  is  broad  enough  to  cover  both  the  Dick 
Company  and  its  licensees. 

Is  the  fifth  section  broad  enough  to  coyer  your  views? 

Hoping  you  will  find  the  document  satisfactory.,  I  remain. 
Very  truly  you — 


P.S.  I  shall  retain  the  papers  senffi»T' until  hearing  that  the 
above  documents  are  satisfactory.. 

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Mr  .Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 


vrmT,  +  are  glad  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 

telegram  oi  even  date  in  regard  to  the  name  of  the England 


sent,  am  we  have  thil  day  SbSd  Jhl  J  °U  °Ur  knowled&8  or  c°£ 
from  the  Company.  We  would  Sadly  ^  n“IB  «*  once 

our  letter  pretaining  to  thiSmSaS '  S0veral  daYs  ago  if 
the  21st  inst.,  as  wt  requited  n  ana7ered  bY  wire  on 

Thanking  you  for  your 'telegram, we  are 
'  V-sr-^  Yours  very  truly, 


From  the  September  office.  {j 


“A. B. Dick  Company  are  having  %  excell Jrit  success!  with' the 
Edison  Mimeograph.  VJje  met  one  oV  the;Lr  customers  a /few  ^ays  since,  ;a- 
gentlemen  prominent/ Ji!n  the  stationery  tratle,whp  mentioned  inciden-;  ^ 
tally,  that  he  had  soild  within^a  recent  p;eriodi  ov^^300O  of  this  \  -i 
special  copying  apparatus  which'  they; prodji c  e .  j  4 Rec ejit  advices,  from 
Chicago  are  to  the  effect  that  within  a  single^vreek^tKey^  shined  over 
500  Mimeographs  to  Amsterdam,  Antwerp  &  ^rus's’ells,ajpd  a  lot  of  280' -to  ; 
Paris.  These  facts  ar;e  significant  when^it  is  mentioned  that  the 
Mimeograph  sells  for  nearly  d(*  r  '  -  ,v 
other  copying  devices  abroad.’ 

Y  double  the/figurecwhicli'iare  ,p‘ut  upon 

rka.nt  n  .  7\  l  v 

1889.  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Company  (D-89-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  about  financial  transactions 
undertaken  by  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Company  for  Edison  or  his  companies.  The 
letters  deal  with  topics  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories.  Most 
of  the  correspondence  relates  to  routine  exchanges  of  money. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

P  >1  V-  Ca 

^  ,  Sr  '  ■‘-7  / 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-89-05) 

This  folder  contains  documents,  primarily  correspondence,  covering  a 
wide  variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the  material  relates  to  personal  matters.  Also 
included  are  documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subject,  such  as  a  letter 
about  both  the  electric  light  and  the  phonograph.  Documents  concerning 
subjects  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories  are  also  filed  in  this 
folder.  Among  the  items  are  several  documents  relating  to  the  acquisition  and 
shipment  of  the  marble  statue,  "Genius  of  Electricity,"  which  Edison  purchased 
for  his  West  Orange  laboratory  at  the  Paris  Exposition  of  1889.  Also  included 
is  correspondence  from  engineering  schools  regarding  scholarship  funds  and 
donations  of  electric  light  equipment  and  laboratory  apparatus. 

In  addition,  there  are  numerous  letters  from  Everett  Frazar  pertaining 
to  Ed^on’s  business  interests  in  Asia;  correspondence  by  Philip  S.  Dyer 
Edison  s  patent  attorney  in  Europe;  and  letters  regarding  the  illegal  use  of 
Edison  s  name.  Near  the  end  of  the  folder  is  an  undated  21-page  memorandum 
in  Edison  s  hand,  declaring  his  intent  to  go  into  the  ore  milling  business  in 
Pennsylvania  and  New  Jersey,  providing  the  rationale  for  this  decision,  and 
explaining  his  plans  for  financing  the  venture. 

Over  90  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The  following 
categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  duplicate  copies  of  selected 
items;  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  material. 






124  WATER  ST., 

New  York.  Jan  ,10th,  1889. 

A.  0,  Tate  Esq., 

The  Edison  laboratory. 
My  dear  Mr.  Tate! 

I  trust  Mr.  Edison  has  reached  home  ere  this  and  shall  be 

glad  to  hear  from  you,  either  by  note  or  your  calling  at  conven¬ 
ience  at  my  office,  telephoning  me  at  what  hour  you  expect  to  be 
here(  1  or  1:30  suiting  me  better,  as  we  can  then  lunch  together.) 
After  you  have  put  my  communications  before  Mr.  Edison  and  have 
conferred  with  him  I  trust  we  may  at  once  be  able  to  make  satis¬ 
factory  arrangements  for  the  engagement  of  an  expert  to  go  to  the 

laboratory  and  study  up  the  phonograph,  preparatory  to  going  to 

Japan  by  the  -Abyssinia «,  from  Vancouver  Feb.  19th,  requiring  to 

leave  here  not  later  than  Feb*  10th,-  one  month  hence 

Mr  MndL?N"EDI?+°N  °°‘  Und6r  date  °f  Yokohana  Dec.  2th,  my  partner 
Mr.  lindsley  writes  me  as  follows;  f 

„n  .  "  I'u;JiokEl  tells  me  that  the  Niwas  were  promised,  and 

fr  r*rtually’  Edison  from  the  BerlimCo.  it 

seems  that  the  Niwas  have  at  last  come  to  the  conclusion  that  the 
Edison  system  is  the  best,  but  they  want  to  buy  it  in  bBerlin. 

Will  you  kindly  read  this  to  Mr.  Edison  and  let  me  know  if  he  has 
'  *°  “f8  ab°Ut  it,;  “**•  Mn<feley  also  asks  me  to  ascer- 
tain  from  Mr.  Edison  the  prices  named  by  the  Berlins- Co.  to  the  Ni- 

rj.p.°r1rLSdtSL.1s™tl°n  nr  *•* 11  •- * «“  -* *  “ 

±l  tlnlr  ?  ingt°n  and  Japanese  Consul  General  in  Newark, 
to  properly  am  our  phonograph  expert  when  leaving  here.- 
Awaiting  your  reply,  believe  me, 

Tours  very  truly, 

c/b-  i  o  y^d^v.'  ^ 

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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 

The  laboratory. 

Dear  Sir: 

124  WATER  ST., 

By  mail  from  Japan  my  firm  mention  in  regard  to  the  Phono¬ 
graph  as  follows: 

•The  most  important  question  for  uo  in  Japan  will  be;  to  what 
extent  can  the  Japanese  imitate  the  Edison  Phonograph* ■  l  ehall 
be  pleased  to  know  Just  what  Is  your  private  opinion  in  this  Blatter 
Prom  what  I  have  seen  I  should  Judge  it  Would  be  a  lon^  time  be¬ 
fore  they  could  make  and  properly  perfect  a  aflfcchlne  equal  to  yours 
and  at  the  prioe  at  which  you  will  be  able  to  sell  yours;  still, 
your  opinion  in  this  matter  1  will  transmit  to  Japan  and  it  will 
oertainly  be  of  interest  to  my  fine, 

EOS 8L1E-SDIS ON  CO,  A  few  days  since  I  handed  Mr.  Tate  for  you 
original  letter  from  my  Japan  fins  addressed  to  yoi  with  one  of 
same  daie  to  Mr.  Dpt  on,  which  have,  no  doubt,  bee*  duly  delivered. 

It  is  well  that  1  should  quote  still  further  from  a  private  letter 
which  1  have  in  regard  to  this  business.  In  this  letter  they  say: 

•OSAKA  BUSCTB1C  1I0HT  CO.  Ve  can  now  see  that  the  reports  sent 
back  by  Hina  from  Berlin^, of  being  able  thereto  contract  for  Edi¬ 
son  dynamos,  lasps  and  electrical  appliances,  have  done  the  Edi¬ 
son  business  more  harm  in  Japan  than  all  the  rest  of  the  opposition 


comblned,  uA  to  this  we  attribute  the  failure  to  aell  a  central 
at at ion  to  the  Osaka  Co.  It  appears  that  the  Osaka  Co.  received 
full  accounts  of  what  Niwa  learned  in  Berlin  and,  with  the  expec¬ 
tation  of  being  able  to  accomplish  what  he  claimed  could  be  done, 
they  selected  Iwadare  (the  Japanese  brought  up  in  your  Laboratory 
at  Schenectady)  to  decide  on  a  system  of  electric  lighting  and  to 
purchase  the  plant,  fhe  result  you  know  was  that  Iwadare  contract¬ 
ed  with  the  Thomson-Houston  Co.  The  President  of  the  Osaka  Co. 
tells  me  that,  so  far  as  he  understands  the  contract  the  T.  H.  Co. 
have  sold  them  a  1,000  light  plant,  with  the  condition  that  any  in¬ 
crease  up  to  5,000  lamps  capacity  Bhall  also  be  purchased  from  the 
T.  H.  Co.  At  present  it  sens  probable  that  Iwadare  will  make  a 
failure  of  the  station  in  attempting  to  operate  the  miscellaneous 
collection  of  machinery  which  he  has  asembled.  :  It  has  been  sug¬ 
gested  that  we  start  an  opposition  ecaq>any  in  Osaka,  but  it  is 
doubtful  if  this  «sa  be  done.  Kioto  and  Otsu  are  within  thirty 
miles  of  Osaka,  and  their  decision  regarding  central  stations  is 
affected  byethe  position  taken  by  the  Osaka  Co. 

NIQ0TA.  Niwa  is  in  fokio  now  conferring  with  Prof.  Pujioka 
regarding  elaotrie  lighting  and  continues  to  claim  that  he  can  con¬ 
tract  at  wary  leer  prices  in  Berlin.  in  this  connection  we  are  glad 
to  receive  a  copy  of  Mr.  Bdi son's  letter  of  Now.  7th,  addressed  to 
the  Berlin  Co.,  requesting  than  to  withdraw  the  quotation  they 
have  given  for  Japan,  and  we  hope  soon  to  learn  that  they  have 
complied.  In  case  the  Berlin  Co.  withdraw  we  hope  to  dose  a 

.contracts  for  the  Nigoya,'  central  station. ■ 

You  will  sea  from  the  above  the  great  importance  of  your  tak¬ 
ing  prompt  action  to  protect  my  Japan  firmand  its  valued  interests 
in  the  Edison  elec,  light  in  Japan  against  the  unexpected  competi¬ 
tion  of  the  Berlin^Go.  I  trust  you  may  be  in  a  good  position 
to  do  this  and,  as  soon  as  you. receive  word  to  this  effect  from 
Berlin,  if  you  will  kindly  let  me  know,  I  will  immediately  cable 
fully  at  my  own  expense  to  Japan  and  have  this  agtter  put  aright  . 
Then  X  should  have  some  hopes  of  being  able  to  dose  the  Nigoya  con 
tract,  which  is  a  valuable  one,-  in  a  large  manufacturing  district, 
and  am  ought  to  lose  no  time  in  doing  this. 

X  may  mention  to  you  privately,-  notwithstanding  any  reports 
which  may  have  been  given  to  you  by  the  Japanese  or  otherwise,  my 
firm  is  always  ready  to  meet  the  Japanese  in  the  way  of  eoaunissions 
and  divisions  of  discounts,  placed  upon  the  net  laying  don  cost 
of  Edison  material, in  Japan.  The  trouble  we  experience  is  in 
just  such  demoralizing  statements  as  the  Hi  was  have  made,  together, 
now,  with  the  unexpected  active  competition  of  the  thenson-Houston 
Co.,  who  are  also  represented  in  Japan  and  China* 

I  trust  you  will  excuse  jay  pressing  you  so  severely  as  1  have 
done  of  late  in  this  matter,  but  aust  acknowledge  that  our  very 
existence  and  the  maintenance  of  our  position  in  Japan  la  imper¬ 
illed  if  the  Cenaazta  with  the  anas  patents  arc  able  to  take  our 
contracts  and  baas  their  own  upon  same,  at  their  own  prices,  they 
being,  aa  you  arc  aware,  the  keeneet  competitors  of  all  natiomli- 
ties,  the  world  over*  I  can  speak  positively  to  this  effect  from 
my  own  long  residence  and  experience  in  China  and  Japan. 

Believe  me,  dear  Sir,  - 

Tours  very  truly. 

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Dear  Sir: 

I  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  the  10th  ihsta  and  am  pleased 
to  note  that  both  Messrs*  Edison  and  Insull  are  in  accord  in  the 
selection  of  an  expert  for  China  and  Japan,  for  both  the  Phono¬ 
graph  and  electric  lighting,  I  shall  be  pleased  to  hear  farther 
from  you  and  to  meet  the  proposed  young  gentleman  later  on,  1 
regret  to  find  that  Mr,  EdiBcn  does  not  think  it  prudent  to  send 
liim  out  by  the  ■Abyssinia*,  from  Vancouver  Bob,  19th,  This  I 
should  like  very  much  to  do  in  order  to  earry  #ut  #ur  cable  promise 
of  an  expert  with  machines  to  be  placed  in  Japan  within  forty  toys. 
If  detained  for  another  steamer.  We  will  certainly  be  thirty  days 
behind*  Still  ,  I  So  not  think  it  prudent  to  ever-hasten  this  mat¬ 
ter  and  am  quite  content  to  accept  Mr,  Edison's  Judgement  in  same* 

I  am  glad  to  see  that  you  are  taking  up  the  Season  matter 
with  so  such  vigor  and  only  hope  that  you  have  been  able  in  the  or¬ 
iginal  papers  to  find  Mr,  Edison’s  position  elearly  and  legally  de¬ 
fined,  that  he  can  without  hesitation  taka  strong  and  immediate 
steps  to  uphold  our  position  and  effectually  atop  the  Berlin  Co, 
from  treating  in  any  way  with  the  Japanese,  Please  let  me  have 
rough  draft  of  the  proposed  agreement  re,  phonograph  at  your  early 

Tours  vary  truly, 


Believe  me,  fleer  Sir, 

/h*cA  <-<J&  - -J  hj  a  /  / 

doubtodly  provide  you  with  a  man  to  go  to  Japan  to  Prazar  a-  Company 
but  X  should  like  to  know  about  what  salary  Messrs.  Prazar  &  Com¬ 
pany  expect  to  pay. 

Y/c  have  a  number  oi’  hxxgkfc  young  fellows  here  of  good  addrosi 
and  habits.  If  necessary  I  will  give  you  a  certificate  as  to 
their  moral  and  religious  tendencies. 

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322  SEVENTH  AVE.,  con.  28th  ST., 

Jan.  I8th,  1889. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  ' 

Llewllyn  Park, Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir;- 

I  reoeived  your  letters  yesterday,  and  am  very 
muoh  obliged.  I  sent  them  at  once  to  ]9rof.  Trowbridge,  and 
asked  him  to  see  that  you  received  all  information  at  .  once. 

I  should  like  to scholarship  for  Electrical 
Engineering  of  between  three  and  five  hundred  dollars  a  year,  to 
do  as  well  .^possible  as  Prof.  Tyndall  did  with  the  proceeds  of 
his  lectures  in  this  country. 

It  is  not  necessary  to  turn  over  the  money  all  at 
once  or  within  any  given  time.  But  I  should  like  Prof.  Trow¬ 
bridge  or .  Prest .  Drisler  of  the  Colle^eceive  a  letter  from  you 
stating  that  you  ajjj  found  the  Edison  Scholarship. 

The  question  of  determining  what  shall  be  the  test 
of  excellence  of  the  student  is  quite  important  .and  the  Faculty 
will  be  glad,  for  their  own  guidance  and  instruction,  to  see  what  ' 
you  lay  down  as  the  most  important  qualification  of  the 
student . 


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. _»  ,  Sibley  College,  Cornell  University. 

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JAN  331889 

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120  Broadway, 

J1TABLE  — .  New  YoB«_*t4_ttlrt_M88_188 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

,My  dear  sir5- 

I  am  still  residing  en  Linden  Plane  near 
Ridge  Street,  Orange, New  Jersey  ,  and  within  a  short  distance  ef 
Llev/ellyn  Park,  If  I  can  be  ef  any  servioe  te  yeu  professionally 
at  any  time  I  shall  be  inest  pleased  to  have  yeu  call  at  my  office 
or  if  more  convenient  te  you,  I  can  call  any  evening  you  may  ap¬ 
point,  either  at  your  house  or  at  your  laboratory. 

She  arrangements  for  putting  in  incandescent 
light  plant  in  Orange,  are  proceeding  slowly,  but  I  think  we  will 
ultimately  succeed  in  getting  there. 

Very  truly  yours, 


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ton,  Jan.  27,  1889. 

Please  cofryfy  to  Mr.  Edison  my  congratulations 
on  the  Bate  decision, concerning  which  I  sent  him  an  'Advertiser*  the 
other  day  containing  an  article  of  mine.  I  duly  received  the  London 
Illustrated  News, with  the  account  of  Phonograph, which  you  sent, for 
which  I  am  obliged.  f 

I  notice  by  one  of  the  papers  that  Mr.  Edison  is  to  go  soon  to 
his  winter  quarters  at  Port  Myers, Fla, , and  will  you  please  inform  me 
if  the  report  is  corrected  about  what  date  he  is  to  go?  I  want  very 
much  to  see  him  about  the  matters  of  which  I  wrote  you  some  time  sine? 
but  the  coming  of  Mr.  Murray  and  myself  has  hitherto  been  delayed.  On 
hearing  from  you, we  can  decide  when  to  go  on, as  we  wish  to. make  the 
trip  before  Mr.  Edison  leaves. 

An  early  reply  will  greatly  oblige, 

Yours  truly, 

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New  York.  ****  1889 * 

Thos.  A.’  Edison  Esq., 

The  laboratory. 

A  rh/(f 

I  have  lately  received  Yokohama  letters  dated  Jan.  7th,  ad¬ 
vising  receipt  of  my  cable  of  the  1st  ulto.  requesting  that  the  Ed¬ 
ison  Phonograph  be  advertised  in  the  Japanese  papers,  with  instru-. 
ments  and  expert  to  arrive  out  early  in  Peb.  Enclosed  I  hand  you 
copy  of  notice  put  in  the  foreign  and  native- Japanese  papers, 

Frazer  &  Co.,  send  me  enclosed  copy  of  -Japan  Gazette*,  dated:  Yoko¬ 
hama  Jan.  5th,  containing  interesting  article  on  the  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph,  for  your  perusal.-  They  write:  *We  hav-e,  in  anticipation 
of  any  special  concessions  which  we  understand  the  Graphaphone  ag¬ 
ent  is  trying  to  secure  from  the  Government,  advised  the  U.S,<  Min¬ 
ister  of  the  superiority  of  the  Phonograph  and  at  the  same  time 
made  inquiry  if,  under  the  new  patent  regulations,  protection  can 
be  secured  by  foreigners.  On  the  2nd  inst,  we  wired  you  recomnend- 
ing  seeing  Mr.  Mutsu,  Jap.  Minister  at  Washington,  and  securing.,  fr. 
from  him.  let  ter s  of  introduction,  i.e,,  phonograms,  to  prominent 
Jap.  officials,  as  similar  letters  were  given  to  the,  agent,  of  the 
Graphaphone,  Mr.  Austin  Herr  (not  Herv)  agent  for  l^e  Graphaphone 
here  has  placed  samples  of  his  instruments  in  th?  U.  3,  legation 
Tokio  and  in  theConsulate,  Yokohama  and  has  now  left  for  Kobe,  Osa¬ 
ka  *o...  Among  fore ignerswho  have  heard  the  Graphaphone.  the 

impression  is  that  that  instrument  cannot  prove  of  great  conmeroial 
value  in  Japan.  We  trust,  however,  that  when  the  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph  arrigeB,  it  will  be  found  to  be  a  much  superior  instrument 
to  the  Graphaphone.-  (As  previously  mentioned,  the  Graphaphone  on 
exhibition  in  Japan  is  worked  by  foot  only  and  this  will  be  objec¬ 
tionable  a's  compared  to  the  running  of  the  Edison  Fhongraph  with 
-';an  elec,  battery)  Erazar  &  Co.,  Yoko,,  also  add:  "In  the  ’Scien¬ 
tific  American*  of  July  14th  last  the  fainter  Graphophone  is  illuB 
trated  and  described.  This  is  the  instrument  here  which  has  been 
brought  out  by  Mr.  Herr.  The  samples  we  have  seen  at  the  Consul¬ 
ate  and  legation  do  not  bear  the  name  of  maker  of  patentee,  but 
the  box  containing  the  record  cylinders  has  the  following:  Record 
Cylinders  Am.  :Graphophone ;  Washington  D.  C.  patent  May  4th, *86  No. 
341,288,  patent  Nov.  39th, '87  No.  374,133.  •  On  Jan.  2nd,  *89 
my  firm  addressed  the  U,  S.  Minister  at  Tokio,  Hon*  R.  B..  Hubbard 
as  follows:  "We  beg  to  inform  you  that  we  have  received  a  telegram 
advising  us  that  the  perfected  phonograph,  the  invention  of  Mr. 
Thomas  A.Edison,  will  be  Bent  out  here  next  month  in  charge  of  an 

expert.  This  is  stated  to  be  far  superior  to  an  instrument  temed 
•  f 

the  "graphophone  ".• 

In -this  connection  we  Bhall  esteem  it  a  favor  if  you  will  kind 

jfi  c  ‘ 

-ly  advise  tis  if  under  the  new  patent  regulations  recently  promulgat 
ed  find  published  in  the  "Japan  Daily  Mail"  of  this  date,  foreigners 


can  now  obtain  prptection  in  Japan  for  their  inventions." 

The  aboye  information  you  no  doubt  will  be  glad  to  receive  and 
plaoe  on  file  for  future  reference. 

Htfu  Horning  I  received  your  value d  favor  of  the  1st  ins  tv' 
handed  me  through  Mr.  Tate,  enclosing  copy  of  your  letter  of  Jan. 
31st  to  the  Edison-Berlin  Co,.  On  behalf  of  Japan  friends  ,  I 
have  to  thank  you  for 'the  prompt  and  firm  manner  in  which  you  have 
taken  up  this  question  of  interference  by  the  Germans  with  our 
reserved  rights  in  Japan,  Korea  and  China..  I  fear  that  another  in 
cident  has  occurred,  showing' the  probable  interference in  the  same 
-direction*  Eor  many  months  past  Mr.  lindsley  has  been  in  corres¬ 
pondence  with  the  Engineer  of  the  Korean  Govt,  in  Seoul,  having 
charge  of  all  the  elec,  lighting  matters,  and  as  late  as  Dec.  16th 
arid  17th  last  this  engineer,  Mr,  Bjerre,  hands  my  fi«n  a  memo,  of 
Just  what  elec;  fixtures  are  required  for  furnishing  the  Korean 
Home  Office  with  suitable  eleo.,.  lights,  among  them  being  orders  for 
over  6,000  lamps,  1,200  assorted  fixtures,  2,000  shades,  300  It. 
dynamos, engines, Boiler si  wire,,  electroliers  Ac.  Ac.  ,  the  most  im¬ 
portant  and  difficult  question  then  under  negotiation  being  to 
arrange  for  payment  for  the  plant,,  My  firm  require  to  give  sane 
credit  and  take  sane  riBk  in  this  matter,  which  we  are  willing  to 
do.  Now  I  learn  from  Mr,;  Upton  that  by  mail  received  from  Mr, 

Dyer  in  Antwerp,  he  has  received  letters  from  Japan,  evidently  in¬ 
spired  by  such  Japs,  as  the  NiwaB,„  inquiring  for  prices  for  this 
identical  plant  for  Koreat  "J  have  personally  explained  thiB  matter 
in  detail  to  Mr.  Tate  this  noon,  and  shown  him  copies  of  the  cor¬ 
respondence  Which  passed  between  my  firm  and  the  Korean  engineer, 

1  await  anxiously  the  result  of  your  request  for  explanation  from 
the  Gexman  Co*,  in  r»g*rd  to  their  iritefferenee  with  our  Japan  ter- 

rit ory *>  As  soon  asreceived,  if  of  value,  jf  iri^l  at  once  Cftbje  tp 
Japan,  as  it  is  of  vital  importance  to  us, 

PHONOGRAPH.  I  have  suggested  to  Mr,  Tata  that  you  take  the 
young  gentleman  proposed  from  Soheneotady  into  the  phono,  works 
not  later  than  ?eb,  15th,  that  he  may  have  a  good  schooling  and  be 
ready  to  leave  March  10th*  to  take  our  B.  P.  R.  stri'  from 
Vancouver  March  22nd,  due  Yoko,  about  April  7th,  With  the  expert 
I  would  be  very  glad  to  have  you  -furnish  me  with  at  least  20/25 
phonos ,  These'  should  be  Bent  from  here  not  later  than  March  1st, 
to  make:,  surefor-.tlieir  accompanying  the  expert,  Will  you  please 
try  to  have  this  carried  out? 

In  connection  with  the  Korean  plant,  1  last  evening  wired  to 

Yoko,  as  follows:  "Telephone  $3p.  Yokohama,  cables  Dyer,  Antwerp  ' 

about  Korean  Plant."  This  will  enable  Mr.  lindsley  to ’ascertain  ' 

at  once  from  headquarters  where  this  interference  comes  from  and  ^ 

who  are  the  parties  interested.  Possibly-,*  the  German  Co. may  have 

representatives  in  #apan  who  are  canvassing  for  such  Edison  Incan- 
descent  lighting  business,  but  I  am  hot  advised  of  Buch  being  the 

Please  keep  me  informed  of  the  progress  of  the  outturn  of  the 
phonographs  from  your  factory,  and  the  proposed  movement  of  our 
expert  for  Japan, 

I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 


^ililcjt  a^ollcfle,  ^ormjll  0 

w  boo  ■.  j!.i  :>  -  n-i*  '  ■  0v 

Oi.jr  ...  r,._-  ^  •  ..  j 

Attaww*.,  v...Eebr4anyL  ..3rd . VSS . 0 

™  -•c-iw  WJ"  o;.ff  t i  ovl  .  iXor.-xo'.  f.': 

XI.T.'  :oUyj;dearjMri  BdisonoaXcv;  XXiw  ov;  :o  ;  ouzo in  j.o-  n.;  J.n  „ 
-C"!-“’,A’  *n'f”  f:Sr;Tf* -ioj/iX  ,*>ow  ?.Yoursro£  stlie  ,29tlr.  informing  me?  of. ■  your 
having;:  s ehti/ana  order.';  t:oj  S^efteotadynf on;  ao-largeo  dynamo  f  arXSibley^ 

0 0'lleger4'S'i re oivedt..  .You  arei ent itled',.t.b  mueh:ntre., appreciative 
reply  thari^myrr'rhe-fcoriei-isi.e.qfial'xto  J;oibutr.y.ou^.kaawk:;irithouJ;  gay.,at.- 
tempt  at  eloquence  on  .my;  part-.-howi  sfu-ldy-  .we  appreciate  youjuklnd  - 
ness^and  especially  your  interest  in  (W^  work 

If  things  go  right  ,j  am  going  to  get  a  nice  Edison  sta- 
tion  in  Sibley  College  .  I  want  it  to  represent  your  best  appara¬ 
tus  and  methods  .  Youh|ere  the  first  to  lend  a 'helping  hand, and  a 
word  of  cheer  in  my  effort  to  construct  a  good  course  and  get  to¬ 
gether  a  good  collection  of  illustrative  and  : experiemntal  appara¬ 
tus  , and, though  all  the  companies  and  all  the  other  electricians 
have  been  very  kind  ^nd  helpful, z  feel  especially  fateful  for  your 
hearty  and  prompt  action  in  setting  a  good  example'. 

I  shall  be  glad  to  have  any  stfggj/estions  about  fjtttting 

up  the  dyn&mp-rooms  .wiring  and  getting  in  and  disjrib|tin^ 
in  such  manner-  as  to  make  the  SibleyCollege^l-^  cred^aWi'e'' to  ybu 
Every  suggest  ion  tlmt  yhu  can  find  time  to  make  ;-bi^carefully 

lidered  . 

Yom’  fifends  here  -^including  my  good  wife  -  are  continu¬ 
ally  askii  g  if  they  are  not  to  expect  the  pleasure  of  seeing  you 
at  Cornell  .  Ere  many  welfc#  the  grass  will  be  green  again, and  we 
will  give  you  either  a  quiet -visit'  in  our  own  home  ,and  as  undis¬ 
turbed  as  you  please  ;  or  we  will  welcome;:  y.'on  toMtheoCTuij'ior  ball, 
’or :t o.i the  festivitiesv*  o'f  Comnten^cement  week, later ^ when  Mrs.  Thurs¬ 
ton.  v/illMbe  glad' to  jdance.'jariirieaeureiiiKith:  you- andfiToshouldeestebm?..': 

it  a  favor*-, -though  note;  a  danbelji too lead  Mr’s,  Edison  t-hrougtolheor 
'htaoers  WouiahalOnhave^argood  tim&sdno  just^youfoownviway:; :ii  •;! <roi 


I  return  you  herewith  letter  from  Prof.  Thurston 
dated  January  17th.  On  the  1st.  of  February  we  shipped  to  Cor¬ 
nell  University  a  #12  Dynamo,  and  X  have  to-day  written  to  Prof. 
Thurston  a  letter,  of  Which  I  enclose  you  a  copy. 


Sc-ivi  *0*  ' 



•■’Rot  r*o  :l-*ov; 

t~$  i^ilege;  ^orit^ir^niBeraiia; 

1  n-iow  y;o\  .ix'd;.  obxuixjo  e-xo  .wjhh  ssja  «jj 

-k/taww*,  \L_. . Jartuary....l7th . V&S. . 9 

«*  tenia tm  '(IJml  •/.  a  ,.f  bits' uu 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison  : 

XoB-UfO'  XI::  Moil  pXjjXI  oltii 

;  u'oijiu  rtoinaelouq  nUi  i 

fcluoila  jjo *w(*  Xoo'c  I 
Since  you  sent  us  that  lit- tie  dyna- 

-  -.rvxsl'  Jiri/j  -jbj&arrn  av  'luma  oi  o-Atl  t:ov  bluoT  ~ 

h®ve.been  growing  here  at  Cirnell  at  a  tremendous  rate  ,and 
w  *pf*  9- •  ■«’  r/:  0o  ;t:  i  w  ir.l,1  ir»1o!£f  :;c,v  J.f  ;ov/ 

the  she1,1  is  getting  a  very  tight  fit  for  the  student  body  . 

i.°v.  *cu  ...  oX,d«*x»t  oloilw  n,-o.  .-[rthlj  uoi£  tailw  iaKt  o  i  XX©  J 
when  I  came  here,  alittle  more  than  three  years  ago, we 

had  about  5o  or  6o  students  in  this  department , and  about  6061  or 

7 oo  in  the  University, all  told  ;  now  we  have  1200  in’ the^ Uni vers i* 

:-’xo"  B'f*  oii  oi  ov.::t  XI£w  ffXtortiifca;a  io  lions'  ibn  «w  ;  cuiv/'  ' 

and  Sibley  College  enrolls  about  five  times  as  many  as  then  -300 
-.eoni i n-jX'icsnie  hoove  *©>»  r:so  ov  Xiiiri;  qoifa  biilnos  ■  ojVj-’  *rtx  •’ 

students  .  We  have  been  compiled  to  limit  our  entering  classes**© - 

''  J  ott  even  i  -md  *  brail,  S. 0.,n  aiaoe  'vti‘  :,\r; w,r  i-iffte-a,d.'i%iT 

I 00, and  the  total  to  about  the  above  fi  gure  .  We  are  all  light  as 

o:aii  ontf  It  a  aktni'i'i  ai  Xlo/rio!'  .  mis  lii  otto  :>  xi'fv/  v 

to  drawing  rooms  ;  but  the  physical  and  chemical  laboratories  are  X 
r.i“  .taovfu  oi  ocf  Itixi  oilw.  ,a-axt:  nus  1,  qa  trot*  l&v  ono  e.vos 
overcrowded, and  some  students  cannot  get  in  at  present  :  the  work- 
.:ow  0Xt.siiJj07s.Jww  «.ioal»*..-:i  c  ttl  o-utitob  Itttnauotis  bo-ibsostl  io  v*ir 
.®hops.  are  filled, and  the  foundry  and  blacksmith  shop particularly 
So  .  ‘  l“°*  n''"Lj'  "  ;k£x 

-..ilfa'.'ao "  btta  hooi)  j)oo-\  s;  enoi:  znlvssl  lo  noiioioslsiisjs  c-:is  ttl  u-mi 
„r,.t  ,  Your  little  fifty-ligiit  dynamo, then  ample  for  its  pur- 

iiuri  a.'::;  j>:  n  'xjjO  .  trios  ’’.nlJjXxxici  olc/ort  a  rti  " eX.-[  -,;ii 
i’°3f  »isnow  overloaded, and  we  must  put  in  another  of  double  its 
li-iv:  vxo-st  or.,?  xnolaie.:!  a  jud  ;  ^a*xdiX  ©naB  iao-irv  '?  icr  o;t  o„  ai 
•  size  f extending  the  wiring  correspondingly  .  We  are  in  particul- 
PX'iii.oXo  na  ©on  oj  ono:!  Uci-:t  l  i.rjs,  o:.ds  o.:ju:  .©  j  Jxro  ia  Ja  .  Xx«- 
larly  close  quarters  for  a  dynaqio-room  .  All  of  the  larger  build*1 
•  TffiwoXXol  v'Xirrnoifi  \-.r. law; -ni-on-;:  £l0 
ers, except  Brush  -who.  lias  not  yet  sent  up  his‘ machine  , 'though' 11 

is  to  come  -  havp  sent  in  sample  plants  .some  of  J,arre  some  of 
'■  sma11'  size  f  and  X:  do  not  .'just  -now  see  what  is  the  wise  -thing,  to  do  . 



But  we  must  find  a  place  for  attune  more  dynamo  for  our  own  shops,  ■ 
and  I  am  reserving  that  lighting  for  your  system  .  The  others  mat 

be  put  anywhere  outside  j;but  you  were  the  first  to  be  generous  to 

riiVl  xriwtto". 

us ,  and  to  take  a  kindly  interest  in  the  work  of  teaching  young 

men  the  profession  which  you  and  your  co-laborers  have  ereated  ,aid 
:  noaihn  -web  vi: 

1  feel  that  you  should  have  this  little  field, all  to/yourself  , 

-ciril>  oXi  j-iX  ;jait  au  iitoo  jjo\;  ooniU  K 

Would  you  like  to  send  us  another  and  larger  machine; or 
.  J)f(s,-.oja-L  RMof/iremoiff  s  is  XXemjbb  in  o-tod  sniwo^n  r:?ed  ovad  sv.-.oct  "Ty 

. would" you1  prefer  that'  I.  .Should  go;  to  the  company  for  it  1  Please  Ci 

•  rjhocf 'inojMJij-o  Toi  dif  o-ifcij  igxov  a  mUtW\  -ol  XIoda  o:U  3 
tell  me  just  what  you  think  ,o.n  the  whole  preferable  ;  for  you  has e  <5 
ovf , o^. /;  ctsox;  oo  di  ifsiW  e-iorn  olstllc  .o-teri  oma»  I  rtorlW 
been  so  generous ■  already  that  I  should  not  like  to  seem  to  take  J)  0 
•xo  oOf)  dhotis  hits.  i-noRtsfacroh  aid*  iti  ataoSn.-te  oO  uo  oG  ftrodn  lied  J. 
the  attitude  of  asking  more  .  ■ 

^ir.'ioviriU  oiit  nJt  0081  ovaii  ow  won  ;  *Xo:.-  XXjs.VJXsievinU  odj  ni.  ooV  . 

When  we.  get  another  machine,  it  will  have  to  do  its  work  <\\y 
hOfi-  r.bnli  a.?  "rw?;:  as” aornii ovil  Jjjodfi  oXXonuo  onoXXo!  YoXdlrT  hda  >- 
in  the  machine-shop  until  we  can  get  a  good  electrical  engineer- 
-try~-aeoaalo  •irtidolno'  -am  Until  oi  bo'iiatfmo  trod  ©vail  ety  .  o-riohuJc  J — 

ing  laboratory  built  by  some  good  friend  ;  but  I  have  no  doubt  that  *4 
c  riinxi  jus  o-.-.e  eW  ,  ou.-n  11  ovoda  o:i J  dnodfi  o  J  J.cjoJ  oni  Itm  001  j 

will  come  in  time  ,  Cornell  is  making  friends  all  the  time  ,and  J 

o-:c  aoinoJaiod-eX  XatilLioiio  J:r:a  IfioXavrlq  *.ij  ,;«tf  ;  oirioo-r  rwiva-th  oi  /C 

some  one  will  turn  up  , I  am  sure,  who  will  be  glad  to  invest  his 

“•brow  oils  ;  jnosenq  Js  rti  io;-,  jonrtao  einohuis  srrwa  Sure  hshwo-io-iovo  ^ 
fifty  or  hundred  thousand  dollars  in  a  handsome  and  creditable  woik-  Q 
■Xfrislsmtrur  qodc  .iii[:i«jl»sX:i  krre  '.jaftrajoT  .siit  hr.V  JioXXl'i  ona'  sqoha 
ing  laboratory  -  somethi_hg;.like  -youra  ,porhaps  -  taking  his* re- 

turn  in  the  satisfaotorion  of  having. . done ja  good  deed  and  "embalm-^ 
—iL’q  a  j  i  io*f  r-X.pas  nedd-.omsrr'h  irfcjiXrXtfttft  oio-siX  u-oY 
ing  his  name"  in  a  noble  building  here  .  Our  ne  xt  fine  building 
aji  oXujJoJi  !o  •leiiJoftfi  ni  iaq  Jam  ow  hrta  Jisiaol-'evo  won  ai ,  oooq 
is  to  be  the  great  Sage  library  ;  but  a  Chemical  Labpratory  will  o 
-J.uoi j-ifi.-r  rri  o-u:  oV  .  vt^iisxioqnofxoo  ^niiiv/  oils  p.rtilwo J;:o,  esia 
built  at  about  the  same  time  ,and  I  shall  hope  to  see  an  electric-  <s 
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A.  0.  Tate  Esq.,  / 


The  Laboratory,  Orange, 

My  dear  Mr.  Tate: 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  5th  lnst.‘,  also  your  Introductory  let 
ter  of  today's  date,  handed  me  by  Mr.  Miller,  this  afternoon.  I 
note  what  you  Bay  in  regard  to  Mr.  Miller's  going  to  Washington 
with  one  of  Mr.  Edison' b  phonographs  for  exhibition  before  the  Com¬ 
missioners  of  the  Patent  Office.  As  this  will  probably  be  our 
best  opportunity  within  the  next  few  weeks  to  exhibit  before  the 
Chinese  and  Japanese  ministers  and  the  Koreans  in  Washington,  1 
have  given  him  letters  of  introductions  to  the  throe  legations  and 
have  also  addressed  three  separate  letters  to  them,  which  I  mail 
tonight.  Enclosed  I  hand  you  copies  of  these  letters,  which  kindly 
placebefore  Mr.  Edison  for  peruBal.  I  have  impressed  upon  Mr. 
Miller  the  great  importance  of  his  trying  to  convince  these  offi¬ 
cials  that  the  original  Edison  Perfected  Phonograph  is  THE  instru¬ 
ment  upon  which  to  pin  their  faith,  and  not  the  graphaphone.  1 
trust  he  will  be  able  to  do  that  in  a  Judicious,  gentlemanly  way, 
belieying  it  to  be  preferable  to  speaking  too  severely  against  a” 

,, competitor.  My  interview  with  him  has  been  satisfactory  and  I 
trust  we  may  get  good-  from  his  visit  there.  My  letters  by  mail 

will  pave  the  way  for  his  visit  the  following  day  and  I  hope  he 
will  bring  back  several  record  cylinders  to  be  given  to  our  experl 
I  have  also  asked  him  to  try  to  get  them  to  advise  their  Govern¬ 
ments  specially  in  favor  of  the  Edison  Phonograph,  as  against  the 
graphaphone.  He  thinks  he  can  easily  accomplish  this  after  the 
exhibition  he  will  make.  He  expresses  a  very  strong  preference 
for  the  real  value  of  the  Phonograph  as  against  the  graphaphone, 
both  of  which  he  says  he  has  tested  very  carefully*. 

This  afternoon  1  have  letters  from  Mr.  lindsley  in  which  he 

I  -The  Hiwas  have  decided,  we  now  learn,  to  buy  an  Edison  plant 
|  in  German*.  This  order  will  probably  go  through  Carl  Rohde  &  Co. 

I  (Germans)  who  represent  Siemens  &  Halske,  the  Berlin  manufacturers 
J  of  the  Edison  goods  in  Germany.*  This  is  the  most  direct  infor¬ 
mation  I  have  yet  had  of  the  Germans  without  doubt  intending  to 
make  and  sell  the  Edison  goods  in  direct  competition  with  us  in 
Japan.  Please  read  this  to  Mr.  Edison  and  see  if  there  is  notion, 
further  move  he  can  make  to  stop  this  course  of  action/  I  awa^t 
with  interest  your  response,  remsining, 

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124  WATER  ST., 

New  York.  Feb.  12th,  1889. 

The  Laboratory,  Orange. 

My  dear  Mr.  Tate : 

Mr.  Miller  called  upon  me  yesterday  and  I  regret  to  learn 
that  he  has  had  such  poor  success  in  his  efforts  to  obtain  cylin¬ 
der  communications  from  the  Japanese  and  Chinese  Legations. to 
their  friends  abroad.  The  Chinese  Minister  was  absent  but  he 
should  have  pressed  the  acting  charge  for  the  same  information, 
which  I  am  afraid  he  may  not  have  done.  The  Japanese  Minister  on 
two  occasions  of  his  calling  seems  to  have  been  very  buBy  and  put 
him  off,  perhaps  with  some  reluctance  to  grant  the  desired  inter¬ 
view.'  He  mentions!  that  he  might  have  occasion  to  go  to  Washington 
again  within  the  next  two  or  three  weeks  on  Mr.  Lippincott*s  behalf 
with  both  the  Phonograph  and  Graphophone  and  might  then  be  able 
to  get  what  I  require.  Do  you  think  this  can  be  done  or  would 
it  be  better  for  Mr.  Edison  to  send  the  expert  we  shall  engage  to 
go  to  Japan  specially  on  this  trip  to  Washington?  I  consider  it 
very  important  that  the  expert  should  take  with  him  several  of 
these  cylinders  from  the  Japanese  and  Chinese  Legations  (  partic¬ 
ularly  from  the  former).  Mr  .  Insull  telds  me  he  much  prefers  the 
young  gentleman  of  English  parentage  as  our  expert,  although  three 
others  are  applying  for  the  position.-  If  Mr.  Edison  favors  this 
young  man  upon  Mr.  Insull' s  recommendation  and  he  Btates  that  he 

Representing:  '  ' 



0*  A.  Tate  Esq., 

has  also  a  goodaelectric  light  knowledge,  which  will  benefit  us, 
especially  in  China,  in  connection  with  the  Edison  incandescent 
system,  1  would  suggest  your  ordering  him  down  to  the  P  honograph 
works  as  soon  as  you  think  best,  to  let  him  get  a  thorough  knowl¬ 
edge  of  the  working  and  construction  of  the  phonograph,  in  order 
that  ho  may,  without  doubt,  be  able  to  take  the  str.  "Batavia" 
from  Vancouver  March  19th,  leaving  here  on  the  8th.-  I  have,  on 
your  advice  given  the  other  evening  at  the  laboratory,  cabled  Mr. 
lindsley  that  expert  and  phonograph  are  coming  out  by  this  Btr.- 
Mr.  1.  is  evidently  very  anxious  for  him  to  Come  out  at  once,  as  he 
writes  in  his  last  letter  that  he  has  had  several  calls  for  the 
phonograph  and  desires  to  carry  out  as  closely  as  possible  his 
obligation  to  the  public,  through  advertising  expert  and  phonograph 
expected  in  Japan  in  February.- 

To  assist  you  in  making  a  mxtual  agreement  with  this  expert, 

I  will  draw  up  my  ideas  of  a  memo.-  as  regards  salary,  travelling 
expenses  and  extra  boarding  expenses  and  send  to  you  in  a  few  days 
for  your  approval  and  any  additions  which  Mr.  EdiBon  may  suggest 
as  he  will  be  better  able  to  do  this  than  1.  As  soon  as  our  ex¬ 
pert  becomes  familiar  with  the  working  of  the  phonograph  ,  it  is  my 
intention  to  make  an  appointment  with  the  officers  of  the  Japanese 
Club  of  this  city,  where  a  number  of  Japanese  merchants,  the  Consul^ 
Manager  of  the  Yoko.  Bank  and  others  are  in  the  habit  of  meeting 
from  night  to  night,  and  have  him  exhibit  the  phonograph  to  these 
gentlemen.  I  then  hope  to  get  cylinder  records  from  the  Consul, 


Manager  of  the  Bank,  merchants  and  other  Japanese  to  their  friends 
in  Japan  for  the  expert  to  take  with  him..  Please  give  me  any 
suggestions  which  may  occur  to  you  in  connection  with  this  business 

BERLIN  COMPANY.  1  trust  you  have  got  Mr.  Edison  to  promptly 
address  the  proposed  letter  to  Mr.  Villard,  to  be  delivered  by  Mr. 
Insull,  as  arranged  during  my  call  at  the  laboratory  on  Friday  last 
In  order  to  convince  my  Japan  partner  that  everything  possible 
is  being  done,  if  you  like  to  favor  me  with  a  copy  of  this  letter 
to  send  him  privately,  I  shall  be  pleased  to  receive  it.'  Of  this 
Mr.  Edison  will,  of  course  ,  be  the  judge.  Meanwhile,  I  fear 
the  Siemens  &  Halske  Co.  of  Berlin,  agents  in  Toko.  Carl  Rohde  & 

Co. have  undoubte  dly  sent  forward  a  positive  order  from  the  Japan¬ 
ese,-  Niwas ,  who  made  such  full  inquiries  in  this  country  and  in 
Germany  in  regard  to  the  incandescent  plant,  as  you  are  aware .' 

.1  only  hope  that.  Mr.  Villard  will  at  once  cable  to  the  Berlin  Co. 
to  stop  that  order  and  refuse  hereafter  to  treat  for  Edison  plants 
to  be  supplied  either  into  Japan,  Korea  or  China. 

Believe  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 

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February  14th. 


Mr.  Horace  White, 

"Evening  Po6t"  — 

My  Dear  Sir; 

I  have  taken  pleasure  in  examining  the  Eloctro.Matrix 
Machine  which  you  asked  me  to  look  at  — 

In  asking  my  impressions  of  the  machine  I  take  it  that 
you  desire  merely  my  judgment  upon  its  practical  working  for  the 
manufacture  of  book  plates?  Whether  its  construction  is  based  upon 
scientific  principles, it6  special  features  properly  protected  by 
patents, and  its  working  parts  such  as  to  effectually  stand  the 
necessary  wear  and  tear, these  questions  will, of  course, be  duly 
considered  by  scientific  experts.- 

The  mechanism  of  the  Matrix  Machine  is  certainly  very 
ingenious  and  very  beautiful-  In  looking  at  the  working  the 
following  points  strike  me: 

1—  The  careful  preparation  of  copy  required  in  the  use  of  the 
machine  is,  I  presume,  one  of  the  most  serious  questions  in  con¬ 
sidering  its  practical  application  to  book  work.-  Copy  must  be 
written  by  type  writer, then  corrected  by  author, then  rewritten  and, 
if  farther  changes  are  required  by  the  author, such  pages  of  copy 


must  be  typo  written  a  third  time*-  In  our  experience  with  book 
composition  all  proof  requires  a  doublo  reading  by  the  author, and 
at  least  three  readings  in  our  own  office*-  If  corrections  are 
needed  in  each  one  of  these^the  plates  made  by  the  Electro  Matrix 
Machine  would  necessitate  five  type  written  copies  at  least  for 
such  &lt  each  pages  es  call  for  corrections*-  Thi6,of  course  , 
applies  more  particularly  to  book  work  where  changes  are  more  apt 
to  be  made  by  authors  than  i6  the  case  with  newspaper  or  magazine 

ll*-Can  the  action  of  the  punches  be  depended  upon  to  produce  an 
absolutely  even  impression  upon  the  papier-mache?  Upon  examining 
the  matrix  it  appears  that  the  impression  is  very  uniform  and  the 
specimens  of  casts  submitted  show  that  these  present  to  the  eye 
a  very  even  surface*  I  question, however , whether  in  active  use  such 
letters  as  lower  caso  *e"  and  the  other  vowels  would  not  have  a 
tendency  in  a ‘short  time  to  wear  to  an  extent  that  would  be  very 
perceptible  in  the  matrix  and  still  more  in  the  impressions  from 
the  plate*- 

upon  the  same  principle  t 

,xhe  key  board  being  made  somewhat 
s  that  of  the  Hall  Type  Writer, and  the 
letters  being,  therefore, very  near  together, errors  in  the  work  of 
even  the  most  expert  operator  are  likely  to  occur.-  When  this 
consists  merely  of  the  change  of  a  single  letter  it  can  be  recti¬ 
fied  by  an  impression  of  the  perfect  letter.-  This  may  perhaps 


.answer  fairly  well  for  newspaper  would, of  course, not  be 
effective  for  book  plates—  In  the  latter  1  presume  that  the  only 
satisfactory  method  of  overcoming  such  errors  would  be  by  the  alter¬ 
ation  of  the  plate  as  is  now  done  with  the  stero.  and  electro, 
plates  — 

IV—  The  method  of  properly  equalizing  the  spacings  and  of  justify¬ 
ing  the  lines  is  certainly  si  most  ingenious  invention  and  the 
Matrix  Machine  appears  in  this  particular  to  be  a  material  advance 
over  any  former  type  'SaSlwg  machine—  The  working  of  this  is, 
however, not  a  little  complicated  and  would  require, as  in  all  the 
mechanism  of  the  machine, a  thoroughly  competent  operator, and  one 
Who  would  give  the  closest  attention  to  his  work  — 

V—  The  matter  of  speed  is  an  important  one  and  I  know  of  no  method 
of  determining  this  except  by  a  practical  test  of  some  weeks  in  a 
printing  office—  The  nature  of  the  key  board  limits  the  •compos¬ 
itor  "to^one  hand  and  it  cannot  be  used, therefore, with  anything  like 
the  speed  possible  on  a  Remington  Typo  Writer-  In  making  a  com¬ 
parison  between  this  machine  and  the  ordinary  method  of  type  sett¬ 
ing  and  casting  the  following  expenses  must  be  borne  in  mind, first, 
the  cost  of  writing  copy, one  to  three  impress  ions, second, the  cost 
of  making  corrections  in  plates  through  blunders  or  compositor  or  . 
operator—  It  must  also  be  borne  in  mind  that  when  the  matrio 

i«  cmpLtM  1...  than  hair  or  th.  .l.,,rot,pl„B  „„„  „„ 

tho  mmt  i,  i„  ,h.  po,ltlon  of  the  „hell  of  eleotrotjpei 


ri&ed ing  backing  and  finishing  before  the  plate  is  ready  for  the 
press.-  Further  than  this  the  result  in  the  end  with  the  Matrix 
Machine  will  only  show  a  plate  with  a  type  metal  face, not  nearly 
as  durable  for  book  work  as  an  electrotype. - 

I  have  merely  touched  upon  the  points  that  suggest  them- 
selves  to  me  from  a  very  superficial  examination.-  My  genial 
conclusion  is  that  while  the  Matrix  is  certainly  a  very  clever 
inven tion  and  may  pr.v.  Wfa.tiva  „a  rer  n„tp,p„r  „ork 

I  d.  not  f..l  th.t  th.  ohan...  are  favorable  ft>r  It,  .Ken.i.o  n„ 
in  the  bettor  class  of  book  work  — 




(JAPAN  AND  CHINA  AGENCIES.)  N  EW  YORK.**.  16th,  1889. 

My  dear  Mr.  Tate: 

A  short  time  ago  Mr.  Villard  introduced  me  to  a  broker  named 
•-Ferry,  who  has  had  tonsiderable  to  do  with  the  placing  of  Edison 
stocks,  as  you  are  aware;  and,  on  behalf  of  the  Tel.  Time  Co,, 
of  N,  Y.,  of  which  I  am  a  director  and  stockholder,  I  aBked  Mr. 
Ferry  if  he  could  arrange' with  me  for  a  re-organization  of  our  Com- 
pany,  increasing  the  capital  to  $100,000.  Mr.  Villard  mentioned 
to  me  that  Mr.  Perry  would  be  a  very  suitable  person  with  Whom  to 
take  the  matter  up»  After  a  few  days  he  replied  that  he  did  not 
think  Mr.  Edison  would  sanction  his  taking  up  any  other  business 
than  that  of  the  Edison  Company  in  connection  with  tflec.  matters.' 

This  amount  is  small  and' would  in  no  way  interfere  with  the 
Edison  interestsV  fill  you  kindly  s speak  to  Mr.  Edison  about  this 
and  get  his  cpnsent,to  allow  Mr.  Ferry  to  arrange  this  business  wiU 
rae,  if  agreeable  to  Mr.  E.t  .  ' 

I  trust  I  may  see  you  on  Monday  at  12:80  to  1  b'^clock.  If  in¬ 
tending  to  come  in,' will  you  please  telephoSwf  me  in  "the  morning 
before  that  timet  as  I  otherwise  may  be  engaged  or  out  at  the  time 
of  your  calling^ 

.-"Extract  of  Proceedings  of  the  Board  of  Ordnance  and  Fortification. 

Board  of  Ordnance  and  Fortification, 


Washington,  February  16,1889. 

*  *  K  M  *  X 

The  B^ard  proceeded  to  the  consideration  of  the  application 
of  the  Sims  Edison  Electric  Torpedo  Company,  df  Dec. 16, 1889,  rela¬ 
tive  to  the  purchase  of  Rims  torpedoes,  referred  back  to  the  Board 
by  endorsement  of  the  Secretary  of  viar,  under  date  of  Jan. 18, 1889. 

The  Board  concur  in  the  views  of  the{Hief  of  Engineers ,  that 
at  present  it  is  not  advisable,  nor  to  the  best  interests  of  the 
service,  to  purchase  more  torpedoes  of  this  design. 

The  subordinate  part  which  automobile  torpedoes,  controlled 
from  the  shore,  can  perform  in  the  defence  of  our  coasts,  the  ur¬ 
gent  need  of  developing  other  and  far  more  essential  elements, with¬ 
out  which  these  torpedoes  would  be  useless,  and  the  necessity  of 
making  special  and  costly  constructions  in  our  existing  fortifica¬ 
tions  before  the  weapon  could  be  used  at  all  in  war,  render  expen¬ 
ditures  for  this  class  of  inventions  inexpedient  at  present. 

(Sgd.)  C.  0.  Morrison, 

Captain  Ordnance  Dept. 

Recorder  of  the  Board. 


(SgdS4  <£•  Endicott , 

,)J.  M.  Schofield, 

Major  General  U.R.Army, 

President  of  the  Boards 

A  true  extract  furnished  for  tho  information  of  the  Sims 
Edison  Electric  Torpedo  Company . 

Captain  Ordnance  Dept.U.S.Ai, 

Recorder  of  tho  Board. 


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Mr.A.O.Tate,  Private  Sec'y. , 

Dear  Sir: 

_  1  b0C  to  adknovrledjje  the  receipt  of  your  3  ettor 

Siance^f1*  0<n*a5ninC  a  pamphlet  entitled  "Edison  Electric  Ap- 
S  +  vf^haV!  at  °n0e  written  t0  the  Paries  iss trine  the 
pamphlet  ^asking  by  vflrnt  rieht  they  use  the  name  of  Edistn. 
in  due  time  i  hope  to  report  satisfactory  process  in  this  matter. 

X  (tailed  at  the  laboratory  this  morninr  for  thosJ. 
ptupose  of  havinc  a  talk  with  you.azri  was  disappoint^  tj  find  you 

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Thomas  A. Edison, Esq. 

or  Mr .A. 0 .Tate, Private  Seoretary. 
Dear  sir: 

„„  „  I  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your  cheek  for 

?Q3iofZ  in  payment  for  Bervioes  under  my  contract  from  Sept. 
i8,1888  to  Jan.  18,1889.  Please  accept  my  tharfcs  for  the  same, 
and  oell eve  me  to  remain. 

Very  truly  y>urs, 

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X  see  a  statement  in  the  papers  that 
you  have  had  the  misfortune  to  meet  witty  an  accident  which  X  have 
myself  once  or' twice  narrowly  escaped| in  a  similar  maimer  .1  sin¬ 
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Secretary  of  State, 

V?ashi  up, ton,  D,  f, 

Oner  Sir: 

TOion  in  tfashiivjton  last  week’ I  had  intended  to  coll  upon  yon, 
nr-  .I'olr.  backward  in  doling  so  owrinp  to  the  f.ror.t  brush  of  visitors 
.ipon  the  Pronidont  and  yourself.  • 

J'  rci-Mnimt  the  films. of  Praanr'A  do.,-  Yokohama  end  Shan#hti<i; ' 


oniur  partner, 


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four  electrical  «jnd  railway 

ifiiht  wined 

for  the  sole  purpose  of  in- 

into  that  country  Amorii 

loewrioiiv  er. 


oilers,  oloctri  c  and  water  works  of  all  do  script  ion.’ 

.inp  of  which  no  other  firm  devotes  the 

rrttont  i  oi 

my  own.  .  We  have,  piit  in;  several 


and.  a  fow  Baldwin  locomotiyen, 


especially,  as  well  an  the  Belgian 

English  in  vory  keen. and  Bggrossiva. 

An  wo  arc  now  no  close  to  a  change  in  tho" posit ion  or  United 
States  Mini  at  or  in  Japan,  the  lute  incumbent,  ox  Governor  Hubbard, 
of  Vexas,  having,  an  I  understand,  htmdod  in  his  resignation,  tho 
l'iii;.n  which  I  represent,  both  i’n  Japdn  and  this  country,  aro  vory 
desirous  that  great  should  be  taken  in  tho  soloet'ion  of  n 
suitable  c«nt lo.ii an  to  succeed  ox  Gov.  ’tubbard,  desiring-,  :i.l*  popst- 
blc,  -thst  he  may  bo  sdlocto  i,  not  from  a  soutmrn,  agricultural 
state,  but  i’rwii  an  nan  Corn  or  middle  manufacturing  and  progressive 
edition.  I  have  lately  conferred  vitJi  Messrs.  Icirnhai  ,  Parry; 
'VillianiH  ft  Co.,  of  the  baldwin  loco  motive  7/oihs,  Pi  >il  a  do  ip  his*,  iivV 
n,  h.  vihiir.oy  of-  haw  York  and  Others  who  arc  vory  desirous  that  we 
.should  bo  rsprosentod'.by  a  suitable  Minister,  and,  having  rooaivod 
from  my  Yokohama  Pirn  several  letters  bearing  upon  thin  special 
eub.le  ert ,  it  will  give  mo  great  pleasure  and  'honor  *to  bo  alloued  to 
call  at  your  office  in'  "/ashing! on,  by  appointment t  un  '-any.  day  and 
hour,  next  von k,  vrhi cn  yon  may  find  if  convenient’  to  name.  1  trill 
then  explain  to  you  more  fully  my  own-  and  .the  vi  ews  of  those  whom  I 
represent,  in  conducting  a  very  largo  constituency  botv.'ir  n  this 
country  and  day. an.  ' 

Permit  mo  to  add,  .as  «  good  Republican,’  tlin.1-  1  sm  dell  (Ott  o <1  t  o 
havo|,  the.  pleasure -"Of;  adding  -my-  small  quote  of  .greeting' in  booing 
you  take  charge  .of  .this. most  -.valuable  department  of  our  Cavcrnnont 
at.  the' present  timo.  ‘  ; 

(PtA?  (P^a^c^je^  JPiJ'^st-^ 



and  Estimates  B E FyGJVI  A N  N  &  GO. 


'Authorized  Mamtfi 

^“lpfisfic  Elec'fpic  ]h$t  Gtrjd  Goirikipetfiar)  Eixfupcs,  * 
All  Appliances  for  the  Edison  Electric  Light , 

Office  and  Works :  292,  294,  296  &  298  Avenue  3,  Cor.  !7th  Street. 

'erg,  New  York  Annex  Factory  :  457,  459,  461  FIRST  AVENUE. 

C&-W  - Kai-Ch  3gf  IRAQ.- _ 


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A.-  0.-  Tata,  Esq..,  Sec'y, 

Orange,  N.-J..-, 

My  Dear  Tate: 

I  wish  you  would  aSk  Mr.  -  Edison  about.-  the  Inclosed.  To  what,  exteqp.- 
does  he  expect.- us-  to>.keep  on  presenting  Cornell  University  with  apparatus.- 
Thurston  has  had  a'  great,  deal  stuff  from  one  concern,^  the  other  within  ihfe 
last:  year  or  so-.  Of  course,  we  will  do-  whatever  Mr.  Edison  .says  in  the  natter. 
Please  return  the  correspondence  with  y:cur  reply. 

Yours  very  tru^j 

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T«A*Edison  Esq. , 

&a^r  Sir: 

Ro  Smaad  flalvania  Balt.  Referring  to  Mr.Tato's 
letter  of  yesterday.onolosing  Mr.Smoad's  letter  to  you  of  the 
8th.  inst.,1  bee  to  say  that  I  wrote  E.j.Smoad  &  Co.  on  the  lath, 
inst.  notifying  than  that  legal  proceedings  would  be  c cnmoncod  un¬ 
less  they  stopped  the  illocal  use  of  the  nano  of  Edlsai,  I  will 
follow  this  matter  up  and  notify  you  Of  the  result. 

Awaiting  your  further  favors,!  remain. 

Very  truly  yours. 


f- \>-v  ov/5  nwvj  ,  u^c.  0-5- 


/£03Uvac&e/CVy(  equitable  builoing) 


T. A. Edison  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  Sinead.  I  iiave  this  day  redeived  from  Mr.Smead 
hisprottise  in  waiting  to  atop  usihg  the  name  of  Edisai.  He 
a^raia  not  to  hae  the  name  of  Edison  either  With  or  Without  any 
Other  name, promising  to  drop  that  name  entirely  from  hiB  business. 
Under  thebe  circumstances,  we  will  not  conmenoe  legal  proceedings. 
Whether  he  till  keep  his  promise  or  not  of  course  I  aarnot  tell, 
but  if  you  hear  of  his  Using  the  name  of  Edison  again, kindly  let 
meknow  and  I  will  stop:1  it. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Cl  o  '03 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq.  Private  Sec'y 
Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Mr.  Tate- 

In  filling  out  an  application  for  membership  in  the 
American  Association  of  Mechanical  Engineers  to  day,  I  took  the  liberty 
of  putting  Mr.  Edison  down  as  one  of  the  gentlemen  to  refer  to. 

Trusting  he  will  pardon  the  liberty  I  have  taken  and  if  applied  to, 
hope  he  will  say  the  little  he  is  able  to  in  endorsation  of  my  appli¬ 
cation,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly 


124  WATER  ST.,  ' 

New  York. March  26th,  1889. 


My  dear  Mr.  Tate! 

I  amvjiow  wanting  to  make  up  invoicea  for  the  shipments  of 
phono s.y’and  fixtures  lately  sent  to  Japan,  and  shall  be  glad  to 
learn  from  you  just  what  will  be  the  lowest  price  which  Mr.  Edison 
proposes  to  charge  me  for  the  battery  and  treadle  phonos.,  which  I 
understand  to  be  delivered  f.o.b.,  New  York,  as  is  customary  in 
other  lines  of  business;  also  the  price  per  100  for  wax  cylinders 
and  any  extras.  I  shall  probably  ask  yo.u  at  first  to  cover^the 
shipment  of  18  phonos.’  via  0.  P..  K.-  and  the  7  via  Suez  which  are 
nearly  ready  for  delivery,  and  to  have  the  Phono.  Works  make  me 
3  sets  of  bills,  as  I  do  not  know  on  just  what  basis  Mr.  lindsley 
would  like  to  have  same  sent  to  Japan.  I  will,  therefore,  first 
ask  for  triplicate  bills  at  the  prime  net  cost,  another  triplicate 
set  with  #10  added  to  prime  net  cost  and  another  set  with  $25 
added  to  prime  net  cost.  Ab  I  would  like  to  receive  the  invoices 
on  Thursday,  that  I  may  make  up  my  documents  on  Friday  for  the 
mail .closing  that  day,  I  shall  be  pleased  if  you  will  call  me  up  on 
the  telephone  tomorrow  noon,  after  you  have  received  this  letter 
and  have  conferred  with  Messrsfc  Edison  and  Batchelor  as  to  the  price 
to  be  charged.  We  can  then  come  to  an  understanding  quickly  and 
the  invoices  can  be  made  up  following,  so  that  I  could  get  them  on 





A.  0.  Tate  Esq  , 



Referring  to  Mr.  Ricalton’ a  trip  to  the  East  for  Mr.  Edison, 
as  you  are  probably  aware,  my  Japan  firm  are  buying,  through  Mr. 
Upton’s  orders,  the  bamboo  splints  required  for  the  filament  car¬ 
bons  in  the  Edison  lamps.  At  Mr.  Upton’s  request,  I  have  Just 
cancelled  an  order  sent  Feb.  5th  by  mail  for  2,000,000  bamboo 
splints,  presuming  that  Mr. Ricalton  may  have  found  some  other  ma¬ 
terial  better  adapted  to  this  purpose.  Will  you  kindly  say  to  Mr. 
Edison  that  if  he  finds  any  other  fibre  to  take  the  place  of  bamboo 
which  can  be  purchased  in  the  Straits  PortB,  Phillipines,  China  or 
Japan,  I  shall  be  pleased  to  have  him,  if  agreeable,  place  these  or 
ders  in  my  hands,  and  I  will  execute  them  through  my  firm  or  its 
connections  in  these  various  ports.  Mr.  Edison  may  deBire  to 
give  such  orders  as  these  to  Mr.  Upton  to  be  conveyed  to  me,'  If 
so,  it  will  be  quite  satisfactory. 

To  save  my  writing  a  separate  letter  to  Mr.  Batchelor,  will 
you  kindly  say  to  him  that  I  would  very  much  like  to  receive  the 
spectacles,  recorders  and  reproducers  for  all  the  machines  lately 
shipped  in  a  box,  closely  packed,  to  be  sent  to  this  office  not 
later  than  Friday  of  next  week,  April  5th,  to  be  Bent  to  Yoko.' 
via  C.  P.  R,  express  service?  After  the  above  details  have  been 
arranged  between  you  and  me, (as  the  negotiations  have  all  along 
been  carried  on  together^ I  will  transmit  future  orders  and  attend 
to  all  this  phonograph  business  direct  with  the  Works.  This  you 
will  doubtless  understand.  I  would  suggest  your  writing  a  letter 


addressed  to  me  in  triplicate,  signed  by  Mr.  Edison,  appointing  my 
Yokohama  firm  as  agent  in  Japan  and  Korea  and  Erazar  &  Co.,  Shang- 
hae,  as  agents  in  China,  the  Straits  ports  and  Phillipine  Is.  for 
the  sale  of  his  Phonograph.  These  letters  my  firms  would  be 
pleased  to  have  in  their  possession  to  be  made  use  of  in  case  of 
necessity,  particularly,  should  any  infringement  in  patent  or 
manufacture  be  attempted  from  time  to  time.  Often  a  strong  moral 
force  can  be  brought  to  bear  in  such  cases  through  our  U.  S.  of¬ 
ficials,  in  connection  with  the  high  officers  of  the  governments 
where  we  may  fully  protected  by  copywright  or  patent  laws,. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kindness  in  finishing  up  this  important 
business  for  us,  believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly. 

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Dear  Sir, — 

Your  favor,  enclosing  the 
check  for  fluorite,  $3.50,  duly  re¬ 

Am  not  sure  that  X  will  have 
the  time.  I  sail  for  Europe  April 
13th  to  represent  Messrs.  Tiffany  & 
Go.  at  the  Paris  Exposition  and  also 
to  act  as  Special  Agent  for  the  Gov¬ 
ernment  Mineralogical  and  Metallurgi¬ 
cal  Exhibit ,  and  shall  undoubtedly 
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jewellers,  on  the  other  side.  It 
occurred  to.  me  that  X  might  be  of 

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T.A.  Edison  Esq., 

Dear  Sir; 

„  ^  m  Re  New  York  City  personal  tax.  The  Conroissiori- 

er  of  Taxes  refuses  to  take  my  affidavit  that  you  are  not  a  res¬ 
ident.  He  seemed  determined  to  require  you  to  attend  before  him 
in  person  to  make  your  own  affidavit, but  I  atlast.-.  persuaded 
him  to  accept  an  affidavit  from  you  at  Orange. 

Please  sign  and  swear  to  the  enclosed  affidavit  either 
before  a  Commissioner  for  the  State  of  New  York, in  New  Jersey, or 
before  a  Notary  Public  of  New  York  State.  The  Tax  Oomnissioner 
would  notracoept  the  affidavit  if  it  were  sworn  to  before  a  New 
Jersey  official. 

Inasmuch  as  this  affidavit  must  be  filed  before  the 
30th.  in st.-, will  you  kindly  attend  to  it  at  once  and  return  it  to 
me, for  me  ti  file  it  with  the  Tax  Commissioner. 

Very  truly  yours. 

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Orange j  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:--I  have  secured  passage  on  the  French 
Line  to  sale  for  Havre  on  Saturday  of  next  week,the  27th  inst.  Will 
Le  in  Nev;  York  again  on  Tuesday  morning  the  25th  inst.,  when  1  trust 
you  will  have  everything  ready  for  me,  including  letters  of  introduc¬ 
tion  to  desirable  parties  for  me  to  meet  in  London,  Paris , Antwerp , 
andBerlin,  with  a  letter  also  to  Prof.  Hammer  at  the  Paris  Exposi¬ 
tion.  I  would  like  to  take  with  me  photographs  of  the  Laboratory 
and  Phonograph  works,  and  if  you  have  cuts  of  the  Machin.e  Works  at 
Schenectady  would  like  also  to  have  them  included. 

In  your  letter  of  authorisation  empowering  me  to  act  as  your 
Representative  in  the  matter,  please  state  explicitly  that  I  al.cne 
represent  you.  It  is  quite  possible  that  the  other  parties  will  en¬ 
deavor  tb.  use  your  name  to-  forward  their  interests,  and  with  such  a 
letter  as  indicated  above  I  cvn  convince  any  who  may  doubt  my  author¬ 
ity.  I  would  a] so  like  copies  of  your  Patents  in  the  Foreign  Coun¬ 
tries  covering  the "articulation"  in  Ihe  Phonograph.  These  may  be  of 
service  to  me  in  first  presenting  the  matter. 

You  can  also  have  a  memorandum  contract  prepared  for  me  to 
sign  covering  the  arrangement  which/ve  have  talked  on  Toy  Phonographs 
for  the  World,  except  the  United  States. 

Hoping  that  you  will  have  at  leaist  twenty (20) samples  all 
ready  for  me  by  the  time  I  reach  New  York,  I  am 
,  Yours  Very  Truly, 


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T. A. Edison  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  report  that  I  succeeded  to-day  hy  means 
of  your  recent  affidavit,  in  getting  your  name  taken  off  of  the 
City  tax  list  for  the  current  year. 

Very  truly  yours, 



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ed  in  the  newspapers  some  reference  to  The 

Welch  Memorial  Fund  project,  described  in 
the  enclosed  slips;  if  not,I  am  sure  you 
will  be  interested  in  reading  about  it. 

Mr  S.  B.  Eaton  is  deeply  interested  in  this 
matter.  He  promptly  made  such  contribution 
to  the  fund  as  he  felt  able  to  give  when  I 
presented  the  matter  by  letter  to  him,  and 
recommended  that  I  should  present  it  to  Mr 
Edison,  as  I  have  done  in  the  enclosed  letter 
He  als  o  suggested  that^when  I  wrote  to  Mr 
Edison,  I  should  enclose  a  note  to  you,  call¬ 
ing  your  special  attention  to  this  matter, 
and  asking  that  you  will  make  sure  that  the 

itter  is  brought  to  his  noti 


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Editorial  Rooms, 

The  Evening  Post, 
New  York,  Apl . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
My  dear  Sir, 

So  busy  a  man  as  you,  I  presume,  may  not 
have  chanced  to  see  any  reference  to  the  recent  death  of  Philip 
H.  Welch,  the  humorist,  or  to  the  more  recent  movement  to  raise 
what  is  to  be  called  "The  Welch  Memorial  Fund 'l,  for  the  education 
of  his  children,  in  recognition  of  the  devotion  and  couiage  which 
he  showed  during  the  last  month  of  his  melancholy  illness.  But  I 
am  sure  that  you  will  feel  it  worth  your  while  some  time  t0  rm 
your  eye  over  the  enclosed  slips, which  will  tell  you  of  this  re¬ 
markable  man  and  of  this  project  to  honor  his  memory. 

The  movement  started  among  the  working  newspaper  men  of 
this  city,  and  they  are  support  ing  it  very  heartily ;  but,  as  you 
know,  they  ,re  usually  men  of  very  limited  incone,  and  can  seldom 
give  more  than  §5  apiece,  often  not  more  than  §1  or  §2.  we  shall 
have  hundreds  of  such  gifts  fron  the  newspaper  men,not  only  of  New 
York  and  Brooklyn,  but  of  other  cities  all  over  the  country 
Unhappily  such  sums  do  not  aggregate  a  large  amount  very  rapidly. 
Considering  the  low  rate  of  interest  on  safe  investment,  such  a 
fund  as  is  proposed  ought  to  be  at  least  $15,000  or  $20,000,1*  or¬ 
der  to  accomplish  the  object  in  view.  In  o«ler  to  make  tte  move¬ 
ment  a  success,  therefore,  it  is  essential  that  people  of  more  am¬ 
ple  means  shall  become  interested  in  it  and  cooperate.  I  am  happy 



to  say  that  a  number  of  such  people  are  already  among  the  ccntrib- 
utors,  for  such  suns  as  §35,  §50,  §100,  §350  and,  in  one  instance, 

I  have  thought  that  the  matter  was  of  so  interesting  a 
nature  that  I  would  be  justified  in  presenting  it  to  people  who 
would  not  be  likely,  Engrossed  in  business  as  they  are,  ever  to 
notiee^its  progress  otherwise.  I  take  the  liberty  of  thinking 
that  you  would  like  to  be  included  in  the  number  of  those  who  are 

cooperating  in  this  movement,  and  trust  that  you  will  not  be  offend 

to(r  ' 

ed  receiving  this  letter  from  a  stranger. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr  A.  0.  Tate, 

My  dear  Sir, 

I  have  yours  of  the 

M4th  inst.  enclosing  Mr  Thomas  A.  Edison's 
check  for  $50  towards  "The  Welch  Memorial 
Fund",  and  I  desire  you  to  express  to  him  my 
warm  appreciation  of  his  generous .response  t 
my  appeal.  I  feel  also  greatly  m  -clndcbt  ed  t 
you  for  your  own  interest  in  the  matter. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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-tees£  mus  t  either  put -up  a  Laboratory. of  Mechanical .and.  Electr  ical. 
-.Engineering,  for.  Siljley  ;  College  •,  or-.must  let  for-;thegi; 

,  or.  must  see  a.  great  opportunity  :of  usefulness  to- .the  profession,. and 
to  the  country,  in  part  lost  •  -  ....  .  ,.  »  ....... 

. .  I: writs  to  get  your -ideas, >a^out.  the^best.  course- -..You, ha®c_ 

,  always  taken  so. much  interest  in  our  success,  tfyat  I  feel  tless  ..em¬ 
barrassment  in  tel  ling.  you.  about  it.  Ijhan.  anyone  .else  .specially  in- 

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'  ■  '  ‘  ■  -Vv  -idea  is.  to  get -the. Trustees.  , instead  of  undertaking- 

put  up  the  laboratory  themselves, toaet  the  electricians  do  it  . 

I  think  it  Vfoulcl  be  best,  if  it  were  practicable,  to  get 

the  best  ,and  the  most  successful, among  them  to  put  it  up  in  ocm- 

.  trsirasrCT 

mQn  J  hut  it  is  possible  that  some  one  v/ould  prefer  to  do  If  him-  ' 
siSf  , giving  it  h|s  name  fhe  former  course  would  leave  it  Open 
for  hny  one  to  do  as  much  more,latei>,as  lie-mayi'desire  >,Vhile  the 
latter  Would  give:  if  amore  do  finite .  t  it  le  , andOwould  make  it  the 
means  of 'doing  honor  to- a -bene fact or  of  the  profession  and  :-of-the 
University  <  iffhich  would  -you  think  •'the;  best  -and  most  practicable-^ 

I  don't  knovif.  but  that  your  inclination-  to-do  'things ^oftt-a' 'grander  ■; 

■  and  more  pe*fecf  ,  scheme- than  moat <  men  are  quite  large,  enough  to  at- 
~t  aln ,may  •  make-  the  -latt er-  plan  an  attract ive  •  one .  t  o •  y ou  ;  '  but  1  do 
-not  care  •  to  do  more,:  in;  that  di  rrect  ion;  than  -to  •  let"  the  -  suggestion 
stand  ‘"before  -  you  for  'mature  thought, 'and  iater  discussion, should  it 
”  strike  yoy- favorably-:-'  In-that'would  have  to  come-up-and 
-make  your  long  promised  visit , and' see  wh'at  the :  opportunities  are  , 

•  iil  ,-all;.‘Vrays  ,  for  'yourseliv. v  Buf /  atle  -t  oigive  nio  an^toi- 
personal-'  judgement  of  the  general  .preposition  ‘-I-should'-fOel  More 
confidence  -in  your  verdict  than  in  .that-  bf'Jany  one  else  "that  1  know* 
The  laboratory.  If  made  what  if  s'hou-ld  be.,gboa-'-for  fhe'  ! 
next  twenty,  years; at  least'  .wouid-'be  -a'  slmriie  But-* solid  structure, 
eft-stone, probably-  (perhaps 'of:briok  with  oa  1 6ne :  trimmings)  150  ;6r  800 
-feet  'long; three  ' stories  high, -with  &  basement;  ;  •'■Engines, 
boilers  ^nd  one  or  tvfo  heavy  dynamos  of  the  •principal  best  types- 
.  each,  in'  the;. basement .  ;  .'lighter;  machines -and  the  ^paraVus  of  exact 
measurement  on  the- first. floor  1  and-coliections  and  lecture-rooms  > 

on  the  other  floors, including  the  laboratory  of  applied  mechanics; 
that  of  st earn  engineering  -which  can  be  combined  without  addition^ 
^  expense , except  for  a  single  experibenital  engine^and  drawing-rooms  , 
Aesig  ing  and  drawing, blUB-printing, etc  ,,otc.,  etc. 
f  'y  Tlle  building  would  cost  from  $40,  000  to  $80,000  ,accord- 

O"  j  ing  to  style  and  finish.  If  a  memorial, and  name d; building  ,it  shoul 
•  be  rather  fine  in  finish  and  indestru  ctible  in  material  ,  The  fit- 
£  ting  up  would  cost  about, I  should  say, $2®, 009,  and  the  apparatus 
j>/  Jo  an<1  maohinory  > in  addition  to  that  already  phn  hand,  amount  ing  to 
fp  '  perhaps  $20,000  worth, would, if  all  put  in  at  the  start, would  cost 
j  „  ^  about  $50,000  •  The  job  would  not  be  a  very  heavy  one  if  two  or 
- A  ^  ^  three  were  to  chip  in  ;  but  it  would  be  such  an  undertaking,  if 
£  -rtf-11011®  a  single  donor, as  would  justify  the  Trustees  in  giving  it 
his  name  and  in  seeing  that  provisions  were  made  to  have  the  bene¬ 
factor  of  the  University  suitably  honored  in  the  records  and  libray, 

^  per  the  ohaPel  “  ™any  years  later,  we  should  hope  -  of  the' Universt- 
<£  ^  ty  .  — c (  ^  \  {LcJla^y 

I  f  we  could  get  ten'  of  the  foremost  men  of  the  profession 
to  share  the  work  ,  it  would  be  a  very  nice  thing rU***gh  . 

Please  think  thematter  over  at  your'  liesure,and  tell  me 
how  it  strikes  you  ,  It  is  my  impression  that  the  Trustees  would 


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listen  kindly  to  any  suggestions  that  I  imy  have  to  make  in  the 
matter, and  I  shall  report  to  them  on  the  subject  sometime  within 
f,  C  the  month  . 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir:-- 

7/e  have  arranged  to  have  both  Professor  Porbes'  article 
and  Dr,  Siemen'a  reply  published  in  the  "SCEINTIPIC  AMERICAN 
SUPPLEMENT"  at  an  early  day. 

In  order  that  this  may  be  done  without  delay  will  you 
kindly  send  by  Mr.  Wirt  copy  of  the  "TELEGRAPHERS'  JOURNAL"  sent 
you  by  Mr.  Stieringer  containing  the  article  by  Prof.  Porbes. 

The  duplicates  of  these  have  been  sent  for,  but  have  not . arrived. 
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New  York.  May  23rd,  ! 

Q,  Tate  $sq.-, 

The  laboratory,  Orange.y 
My  dear  Mr.  Tate: 

Many  thanks  for  your  note  of  th^Ottf  iiliat.  enclosing  letter 
from  Mr.  Danforth,  C.  E.  of  the  Shae.  Cot.  Cloth  Mill  Co.  His 
letter  to -you  is  quite  satisfactory  and  I  am  quite  sure  with  our 
Mr.  Wetmore  in  Shanghae,  he  is  well  pleased  at  the  Edison  Incandes¬ 
cent  lighting  being  decided  upon  by  the  stockholders  (Chinese)  for 
the  lighting  of  their  new  mill.  This  was  in  violent  opposition  to 
the  Gexmans,  probably  for  the  same  Edison  Incandescent  system  from 
Berlin,  but  of  German  make.-  Mr,  Wetmore  writes  me  that  he  ha s 
been  compelled  to  take  the  contract  on  the  smallest  possible  margin 
of  profit,  with  Sundry  expenses  and  cabling  to  come  out  of  it  also. 
The  engineer  is  a  personal  friend  of  my  firm  and  was  desirous  that 
.  we  should  get  the  work*-  It  is  the  initial  manufacturing  plant 
established  in  China  thus  far  and  has  the  backing  of  Li  Hung  Chang, 
as  you  know,  the  Bismark  of  China.  We  hope  that  other  business 
of  a  similar  nature  will  follow.;  This  plant  will  be  450  It.  new 
16  o.p.  and  I  am  now  contracting  for  motive  power  through  Messrs. 
Williams  &  Potter  and  am  ordering  the  dynamos  and  lamps  from  Schen¬ 
ectady  and  Harrison. 

You  ask  what  kind  of  reply  you  should  make  to  the  letter.'  I 
would  suggest  your  acknowledging  same  with  thanks  and  expressing 

Mr.’  Edison’s  pleasure  at  the  securing  of  this  intial  order  for  Ed¬ 
ison  Incandescent  lighting  through  his  agents,  Frazar  St  Co.-.,  ghang 
has,  to  whom  you  would  refer  him  and  all  interested  for  full  infor 
mation  and  particulars  in  the  future, rnthey  being  supplied,  not  only 
with  figures,  but  with  photos.,  drawings,  estimates  & c. 

Can  you  not  send  me  your  lowest  figures  for  the  phonograph, 
battery  and  treadle  and  phonograms,  for  mail  leaving  here  on  Monday 
next?  I  am  disappointed  not vto  have  received  and  forwarded  one  or 
two  hundred  of  the  phono.,  mailing  boxes,  as  expected  from  Mr.  Chur¬ 
chill’s  remarks  before  leaving.' 

f  1  hear,  indirectly,  that  Mr.  Edison  is  likely  to  visit  Paris 
/  soon,.  If  this  is  the  case, could  he  not  promise  me  to  personally 
see  the  Berlins  people  in  regard  to  the  special  matter  in  hand? 

Has  anything  been  done  as  yet  in  regard  to  the  consultation  be¬ 
tween  Messrs.  Insull  and  Villard  on  Mr.  Edison’s  behalf?  Pray 
keep  this  matter  constantly  before  you  and  let  me  rely  on  your  do¬ 
ing  all  in  your  power  to  assist  me  in  a  matter  which  you  and  I 
know  to  be  of  the  greatest  importance  for  our  future  in  this  bus- 
ine  s  s.-I 

Believe  me, 

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Dear  Sir: 

Enclosed  I  have  the  oleasura  to  hand  you  check  for  $2,897.80, 
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Nev/  York  City,  August  29th,  1889. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Perhaps  you  do  not  care  to  be  troubled  with  business 
ma.ters,  but  I  will  venture  to  give  you  some  of  the  latest  news 
as  follows:- 

Re  Boston  Toy  Phono.  Co.  At  last  the  four  Boston  con¬ 
tracts  have  all  been  executed  and  your  14,000  shares  of  stock  have 
been  delivered  to  us.  No  changes  were  made  since  you  saw  the  docu 
ments  the  night  before  you-  sailed,  but  I  found  it  hard  work  to  get 
the  Boston  lawyer  to  approve.  Altogether  it  has  been  a  hard  job 
but  ends  quite  to  my  satisfaction.  Mr.  Briggs  wants  me  to  help 
the  Boston  0o  pany  get  from  Lippincott  a  license  for  the  U.S.  for 
toy  figures  worked- by  a  nickle.  In^sull  and  I  see  no  objection 

6e!  t!lis'  Prided  Hr.  L.  approves  and  you  get 
......  .  „  .  >  quite  alarmed  about  Ber¬ 

the  manufacturing.  The  Boston  people 

liner.  He  wants  to  sell  them  a  controlling  interest  for  §40,000. 
when  they  get  to  the  point  of  seriously  considering  it  thev  will 
ask  for  your  approval.  1  do  not  think  they  will  buy  unless* you 
say  so. 

Your  Personal  Taxes:  I  have  succeeded  in  getting  the 
proceedings  to  collect  your  old  personal  taxes  in  this  city  and 
your  taxes  as  administrator,  adjourned  till  October,  I6th.  It 
rather  looks  to  me  as  if  these  matters  have  not  been  carefully 
attended  to  at  the  time  the  taxes  were  Idvied.  The  first  I  ever 
heard  of  them  was  recently  when  the  papers  announcing  the  conmence- 
ment  of  proceedings  against  you,  were  sent  to  me  from  Orange. 

!„‘'r  p3.5!  1S  f°r  lf?86’  $557.00.  The  tax  against  you  as  administra¬ 
tor  of  Mary  A.  Edison  is  $087. 

Pe  Edison  Machine  Works  :  I  visited  these  works  with 

Mr.  Insull  a  week  .ago.  They  are  crowded  for  room  there.  Workmen  soc.hv 
to  be  standing  in  each  others  way.  They  are  just  laying  the  founda¬ 
tions  for  the  new  factory.  They  are  very-  busy. 

Re  Drive  with  Insull:  He  and  I  drove  your  new  pair  of 
big  gray  horses  about  150  miles  in  four  days.  They  are  a  fine  team. 
The  last  day  we  drove  45  miles.  They  stood  it  well,  and  took  us 
along  at  a  steady  jog  which  covered,  distance  rapidly.  They  will 
make  you  a  fine  span.  I  am  sure  that  you  and  Mrs  Edison  wUi  be 
well  satisfied. 

Re  Winnipeg  Company.  Mr  Villard  gave  me  today  an  amus¬ 
ing  account  of  the  trouble  ho  is  having  a*,  Winnipeg.  He  says  ho 
first  asked  Prof.  Marks  to  make  an  estimate  for  Winnipeg.  Marks 
did  not  know  that  the  machinery  had  to  be  made  in  Canada  and  made 
°n  U,u*  prices‘  u  was  sent  to  Winnipeg  but  had  to  bo 
withdrawn  to- bo  increased  on  account  of  Canadian  prices.  That 

was  mistake  No.  I,  The  local  Winnipeg  Company  then  started  to 
go  ahead,  but  it  was  discovered  that  Winnipeg  belonged  to  the 
Canadian  agency.  T  *is  required  a  second  re-adjustment .  The  Y/inni- 
peg.  Company  then  went  ahead  again  and  called  in  ton  por  cent  sub- 
scntions  on  their  stock.  Villard  now  discovers  that  the  Winni¬ 
peg  Company  must  pay  a  license  of  30#  of  its  stock  to  us  here. 

That ^ will  require  readjustment  No.  3.  Villard  says  the  Winnipeg 
people  will  probably  blame  him  severely  for  these  repoated  blunders 

Re  Broad  Street  Building.  Mr  Herrick  has  received  from  * 
the  architect  a  design  for  the  fronts  of  the  proposed  seven 
storey  building  for -the  General  Company.  It  will  be  a  handsome 
stjucoure,  The  neighbor  claims  an  easement,  touching  light  for  his 
side  windows, which  I  am  looking  up  today. 

Re  Penna  Mining  lands:.  The  title  to  the  lands  which  you 
und  livor  bought  is  difficult  to  straighten.  The  local  Justice  of 
the  Peace  who  drew  the  deeds  for  you  made  about  as  many  blunders 
as  possible.  Besides  that,  there  is  no  chain  of  title  on  record  for 
many  years  back, -but  with  the  aid  of  Mr.  Hodgkins  I  am  gradually 
straightening  the  v/hole  thing  out. 

Re  H.Y.I11.  CO.  Mr  Skehan  tolls  mo  that  the  26th 
Street  Station  earned  a  net  profit  of  $I,,900  in  July,  tk£  39th 
Street-  Station  earned  $100.  There  have  been  two  conferences 
between  all  the  companies  furnishing  incandescent  light  in  this 
city  with  a  view  to  keep  up  prices.  The  Brush  Company  are  going  infer 
incandescent  lighting.  Skehan  says  Brush  has  the  best  dynomo  for 
alternating  current.  The  companies  participating  in  the  o  con¬ 
ferences  are  the  Edison,  Brush,  Manhattan,  East  River  and  the 
Safety  Company  which  is  a  consolidation  of  the  Westinghouse  and 
the  United  .'-tates  Company.  The  Safety  Company  is  erecting  a  station 
on  V/ashington  Street  near- Court landt  Street.  They  are  putting  up 
four  dynomos;  alternating  current,  for  2,500  incandescent  lights, 
each. They  will  invade  our  down  town  territory  being  underground. 

There  are  conduits  in  several  of  our  most  important  down  town. 

E.H. Johnston  and  the  Sprague  Company.  Johnston  complains 
to  me  about  his  Attorney,  Mr.  Wise.  He  says  he  gave  Wise  a  big  block 
of  stock  out  of  his  own  pocket,  to  induce  him  to  come  hero  from 
Richmond  ad  contracted  to  pay  him  a  salary  of  §6,000  a  year  for 
three  years.  Sprague  also  gave  horn  stock.  Johnston  says  Wise  does 
not  give  him  satisfaction,  and  wants  me  to.-help  him  out.  I  do  not 
see  how  I  can  do  it,  except  so  far  as  relates  to  the  interests  of 
the  General  Company  in  the  Sprague  Company. 

A  New  Phonograph:  Mr.  Lippincott  showed  me  today  three 
patents  which  were  issued  on  the  I3th  inst .  to  Gianini  Bottini,  an 
Italian  residing  in  New  York.  I  shall  get  copies  and  send  them  by 
mail  to  you.  Mr.  Lippincott  will  ask  Mr.  Witter  to  give  him  an 
opinion  on  these  patents.  Mr.  L.  thinks  they  infringe  your  funda- 

mental  patent.  The  avpiica-.  ions  were  all  Tiled  in  April  this 

*hi!,*s  thf  the  Gilliland  crowd  is  behind  these  patents 
He  says  that  Tomlinson  s  brother  is  the  Attorney  of  Mr.  0.  Lugo, 
who  is  one  of  the  witnesses  to  the  applications  for  the  patents. 

...  .  .  Ro  Canadian  Lamp  Decision.  Hastings  tells  me  that  tho 
option  f^r^Urn  haS  aSJled  the  Attorn0y  "oral  to  write  the 
and  that  th0  last  nanB<i  official  has  ashed  the  Minister 
.  h”16  that  he  has  asked  a  ««-tain  other  party 

' ,,*+  -1*  *  ?Ur  fl’10nds  tel1  us  that  the  oase  will  not  be  de- 
of  moJf.  »  f  “h*  Billsby  has  been  to  Ottowa  -with  loads 
ture?  ’  d  13  Said  tC  haVG  b0UehT-  the  DeP;'iy  Minister  of  Agricul- 

letter  -nff  Halske  Contract:  hosier-  has  sent  Villard  a 

"id  S  !  contract  in' detail.  Villard  has  just  turned 

th!  in d  i  l  Z*  iW  f0r  My  01,inion  it.  I  do  not  relish 

the  job  of  taking  a  hand  in  this  fight. 

+.  p  •  .  Edison  Monograph  Company:  In  order  that  the  license  to 
the  Boston  Company  might  be  executed  by  the  President  of  this  Com- 
pany  as  required  by  the  by-laws, Mr.  Insull  was  elected  President 
of  tho  new  Board,  and, Mr.,  Randolph  Secretary  and  Treasurer.  Of 
course  this  was  only  for  temporary  purposes  as  aforesaid. 

VlBQ  .  n  Mr*  Allard's  suit  against  Judge  Davis:  This  matter 

has  become  public.  AH  the  papers  discuss,  and  I  send  enclosed 

Mr‘  Vdllard  told  mo  ^day  that  his  lawyer  Mr.  Aft  emus 
Holmes,  had  acted  for  him  in  this  matter,  and  that  Davis  had  made 
admissions  to  Holmes  which  the  latter  reduced  to  writing  and  now 
holds,  convicting  Davis.  Mr.  Villard  says  that  ever  since  his  ro- 
mMr°Ve|,'in.b0t5  he  and  his  wife  have  on  every  occasion  both 
public  and  private,  declined  to  recognise  Drudge  Davis  and  ha  e 
always  cut  him  dead.  He  further  states  that  he  and  his  wife  have 
resigned  from  Committees  because  Davis'  has  been  a  member  and  that 
they  have  taken  every  opportunity  to  pointedly  show  to  the  Judge 
their  feeling  against  him.  It  appears  that  Mr.  Pullmann  has  had 
the  same  experience  with  Judge  Davis  that  Mr.  Villard  has,  having 
put  o  it  money  for  him  and  lost  everything,  without  any  repayment. 

Prof,  Marks:  The  Exec.  Com.  of  the  Gen.  Co.  passed  a 
resolution  today  requiring  Marks  to  resign.  Marcus  is  to  send  it 
to  him.  They  passed  a  further  resolution  dismissing  him  lfcf  he  de¬ 
clines  to  resign.  They  refuse  to  pay  the  §5,000.  As  soon  as  X  knew 
of  these  resolutions  I  took  pains  to  have  Marks  given  an  opportunit 
to  resign  before  the  resolution  asking  for  his  resignation  was  pre¬ 
sented.  Being  a  professional  man  myself,  I  hoped  to  save  Marks 
from  the  disgrace  of  being  kicked  out  by  resolution.  I  know  that 
it  is  none  of  my  business,  still  1  would  like  to  save  a  brother 
professional  man  from  apparent  disgrace.  The  best  thing  he  can  do 
is  to  resign  and  I  hope  he  will. 

Re  Siemens  &  Halske  again:  Since  wilting  the  above  mem. 
on  this  subject  I  have  gone  over  Coster's  letter  with  Villard.  I 

thought  perhaps  he  would  let  mo  draw  a  now  A 

views  ifi  possible,  but  villas  decides  f  lsTthn  ^  tM 

you  come  back  and  then  force  it  through  bya  vote  of  the  S!?,""?1 

M»"kLuhaV:Tr’  V/rlfiht’  Joh—  ™  Smi tho r s 8 would ^b e^ag  ai  iis t  ° 
him.  You  and  Schurz  being  away,  that  would  make  a  tie  vote^f  Jw 
against  four,  if  the  matter  were  forced  to.  a  vote  now 
Prices  of  Stock: 

certificates  at  30  to  M.  ll'Tfi*  8°‘  **  ^  trBBt 

Porsonal  Bongratulations :  Our  papers  have  all 
very  handsomely  of  the  honor  conferred  on  you  from  ItaS  u° 

.ott  has  siv.n  „  aditoalal  f,o.  .  Pitt*”  ?  rar'“  o's"^  S 
you.  I  enclose  it.  I  shall  write  Mrs.  Edison  a  personal  lot?! 
of  congratulation.  pei  sonai  letter 

:;r~s  =  '»• = » zrxz-iJSL 

Sincerely  yours, 

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New  York  City,  September3rdI889. 

My  dear  Sir: 

Re  Light  Co.  Patent  Litigation:  The  Committee  has  pa3  3ed 
a  resolution  this  week  directing  Dysw  to  turn  o  ver  to  me  all  the 
eases  in  litigation.  At  my  suggestion,  he  is  continued  as  attorney 
of  rec  rd  in  applications  at  Washington.  Dyer  prefers  to  work  by 
the  day,  $50  par  diem, beginning  last  May.  He  prefers  that  to  a 
salary  of  $10,000.  He  is  to  be  allowed  to  take  other  business  not 
conflicting  with  ours.  He  and  I  are  on  the  best  of  terms. 

Patent  Experts.,  Wethave  •  retained ,.Mr .  . Quimby y.if  or.  $1,000 
a  year.  On  top  of  that  we  are  to  pay  him  $50  a  day  in  New  York  and 
$75  and  expenses  a  day  away  from  here.  1  find  that  these  expenses 
for  experts  are  very  heavy.  We  have  to  pay  for  their  time  while 
they  learn  our  business. 

Charles  L.  Clarke:  He  is  now  employed  by  the  Gibson 
Storage  Battery  Co.  'in  which  Lowry  is  interested.  I  do  not  think 
they  pay  him  much.  Would  it  not  pay  us  to  employ  Clarke  by  the  yew 
at  a  low  salary  to  act  aB  an  expert  touching  our  patent  matters? 

If  he  developed  no  particular  ability,  he  would  be  worth  his 
salary  to  us,  to  post  more  expensive  experts,  thereby  saving  their 
heavy  per  diem  charge  to  some  extent.  What  do  you  think  of  our 
trying  Clarke  for  one  year?  Both  Dyer  and  I  think  rather  favor¬ 
ably  of  it.  I  wish  very  much  that  you  would  cable  me, on  receipt  of 
this,  your  views.  The  Clarke  question  is  likely'  tc  come  up  within 
the  next  week  or  two.  I  hear,  indirectly,  that  Clarke  thinks  of 
leaving  his  present  position  this  autumn,  to  go  into  the  expert 
business.  I  have  not  seen  him  yet,  my  information  comes  princi¬ 
pally  through  Dyer.  If  we  make  an  arrangement  with  Clarke  I  would 
like  to  do  it  before  our  business  for  the  Autumn  begins.  Please 
cable  me. 

Pooling  Patents:  When  you  come  back,  you  may  be  aBked  to 
pool  some  patents.  One  of  o’.ur  Directors  suggests  that  patents  re¬ 
lating  to  one  particular  subject  be  pooled  by  all  the  principal 
light  companies  oh  a  value  to  be  fixed  by  arbitration  touching  the 
patents  of  each,  that  each  company  be  licensed  for  all  of  the 
said  patents  on  like  royalty,  and  that  the  proceeds  be  divided 
among  the  pooling  parties  according  to  the  approved  value  of  their 
respective  pool  patents. 

Re  Convertors:  The  enemy  are  tusking  effort,  notably 
Westinghouse  to  get  patents  to  control  all  convertor  systems. 

When  you  come  back,  I  shall  ask  you  to  determine  what  our  attitude 
is  to  be.  We  must  have  a  policy  about  convertors.  Shall  we  fight 
on  our  own  line  alone? 

Re  Beer  Keg  Case:  Judge  Wallace  has  decided  the  beer 

keg  case  against  us.  It  was  thought  that  he  would  have  the  courage 

and  conviction  to  decide  in  our  favor  touching  foreign  patents. 

But  he  says  that  the  decision  of  the  Supreme  Court  compels  him  to 
decide  against  us.  Thus  our  only  hope  now  is  the  re  hearing  at 
Ottawa.  Hastings  tells  me  that  he  thinks  the  result  will  be  all 
right  there.  No  decision  yet.  Also  no  news  from  Judge  Bradley. 

Dyer  and  Other  Companies:  Dyer  tells  me  that  the  Thom- 
son-Houston  people  wish  to  retain  him  to  help  them  fight  certain 
patent  suits  on  the  lamp  which  the  Weetinghouse  people  are  bringing . 
He  asks  me  if  there  is  any  objection.  I  shall  try  to  put  this  off 
until  you  return,  to  get  your  instructions.  To  speak  correctly 
I  believe  the  suits  in  which  he  lian  be  retained  are  brought 
against  Bernstein  &  Schaffer  companies.  It  is  said  that  the  Thom¬ 
son  -  Houston  people  control  those  companies. 

Re  Mining  Lands.  Livor  tells  me  that-  the  ore  is  so 
lean  that  ho  is  running  two  tunnels  so  as  to. get  good  ore  and  on 
a  level.  He  says  he  is  about  paying  expenses  now,  and  will  make 
money  when  ho  gets' better  ore,  which  he  hopes  to  do  by  means  o  f 
these  tunnels.  Both  will  be  done  in  about  two  weeks.  I  am 

having  trouble  with  the  title  to  the  mining  lands  which  you  bought. 
It  seems  there  was  a  mortgage  ox  the  property,  and  you  got  no-, 
title  as  against  the  mortgagee.  Livor  is  trying  to  fix  it  up  under 
our  direction. 

Mr  Curtis,  the  Westinghouse  patent  lawyer  sails  for  Europe/ 
tomorrow.  Possibly  he  is  going  over  on  some  question  relating  to 
foreign  patents  affecting  us,  though  he  denies  it.  Possibly  also 
he  is  going  over  to  investigate  and  purchase,  if  of  any  value, 
the  Mordey  alternating  current  motor  which  has  just  been  announced 
as  operating  successfully  in  England.  It  is  said  that  his  people 
want  a  good  alternating  current  motor.  It  is  further  possible 
that  Curtis  is  going  over  in  connection  with  Byllesby,  as  explain**/ 
in  the  following  newspaper  cutting:- 

By  the  way,  one  of  their  local  officials  was  killed  by  the  alter¬ 
nating  current  ye  terday.  See  following  from  "Herald"cof  this  morn¬ 
ing;  - 

Re  Yourself:  Not  a  day  passes  but  what  the  newspapers 
have  editorials  or  cable  conments  on  what  you  flo  abroad.  Never  was 
anyone  better  treated' by  the  press,  I  hope  you  will  look  on  all 
this  from  a  commercial  standpoint  as  well  as  otherwise,  to  the  en 
that  you. may  get  a  better  price  for  everything  connected  with  your 
name,  including  particularly  the  foreign  phonograph  patents. 

Will  you  please  present  my  compliments  and  best  wishes 
to  Mrs  Edison  and  Marion  and  believe  me  to  remain,  with  best  wishe 
for  yourself, 

Sincerely  yours, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

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Paris,  Sept,,  lath,  1889. 

Dear  Sir!- 

I  am  very  mush  honored  that  you  have  been  so 
good  as  t.o  keep  a  pleasant  memory  of  the  joke  I  had  in  the  PI'.'ARh 
concerning  yon  of  the  P.Oth  August  last..  As  for  myself,  that 
evening;  I  wont  to  bed  proud,  saying  to  mysolf,  I  have  been  able 
to  make  Edison  laugh.  I  slept,  a  somewhat  electric  sleep,  nharned 
with  having  begin il ed  a  few  minutes'  time  of  him  whom  the  Universe 
acclaims.  To-day  you  ask  a  portrait,  of  your  servant,  and  my 
dear  sir,  here  it  is.  With  the  most  sincere  widies  that  Heaven  , 
may  accord  you  a  long  life  for  the  glory  and  profit,  of  humanity. 
Accept  Pear  Hr.  Edison  and  Master  the  sentiment  of  profound  res¬ 
pect  and  thanks  of  your 

(Signed)  0  o  «i  u  e  1  i  n  Cadet, 

Societaire  de  h.a  Oomedie  Eranoaiso. 



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Dear  Sir  and  very  Uluatrous  Taster, - 

I  received  only  yesterday 

yonr  kind  letter  which  .followed  me  here,  where  1  remain  to  rest, 
my 8 el  f  several  days.  I  cannot  tell  you  sufficiently  how  rhnh  I 
have  been  touched  and  honored  by  your  kind  wish,  and  above  all 
by  the  decire  you  express  to  have  my  photograph,  whi ch  I  shall 
hasten  to  send,  you  irroedi  ately  after  my  return  to  Paris.  You 
may  be  sure  of  it.  How  if  you  would  also  be  so  good  as  to  send 
me  years,  with  a  word  from  you,  you  would  make  me  very  proud  and. 
happy.  'Tiis  would  be  a  gentle  recollection  between  us,  and  it, 
would  also  be  a  deli  fitful  one,  and  I  hope  that  you  will  not  re¬ 
fuse  me  this  honor  to  the  most  respectful  of  your  admirers,  and 
to  the  most  sincerely  affectionate, 

(Signed)  K.  Hitt, 

Direct eur  he  J.’ Opera 

Thomas  A.  Tdison. 

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My  Dear  Sir:- 

By  early  mail  this  morning  1  sent  letters  to  you  and 
Mrs.  13.  .also  eight  or  ten  packages  of  papers  and  magazines,  all 
addressed  to  the  care  of  your  Stoanship  at  Havre.  X  send  this 
by  tomorrow's  mail, but  I  hardly  think  it  will  reach  you.  Below 
I  give  the  latest  news: 

(1)  Mr.  Bush,  for  Mr.  L.,  has  asked  Mr.  Insiillto  consent 
in  your  behalf  to  have  the  phonograph  marked  with  your,  patents. 

Vou  may  remem!) or  that  we  discussed  this  the  night  before  you  sail¬ 
ed.  The  matter  has  been  referred  to  me, with  a  written  opinion  " 
from  Witter  &  Kenyon, to  Mr.  1., advising  that  machines  be  marked  . 
with  the  patents.  I  shall  try  to  stave  off  giving  any  decision 
until  you  return.  In  fact, I  will  stave  it  off.  Under  Sec.  8  of 
the  agreement  of  August  1,1888, v/e  are  undoubtedly  obliged  to  con¬ 
sent  to  have  the  mimbors  of  the  patents  placed  on  the  phonographs, 
if  Mr.  L.  insists  on  it. 

(2)  Messrs.  Witter  &  Kenyon  have  given  Mr.  Lippincott 
their  opinion  on  the  article  in  “La  Nature”, as  to  whether  there  are 
sliown  in  it  the  inventions  of  Bell  and  Tainter.of  of  Taintor. 

Their  opinion  is  that  Mr.  L8s.  rights  touching  the  inventions  of 
the  aforesaid  parties  are  not  affected  by  the  prior  French  pub¬ 
lication.  I  quote  from  their  opinion  as  folJows: 

In  the  first  place  the  entire  publication  is  of, 
such’  a  blind,  disjointed  and  indefinite  character  that  it  is 
exceedingly  doubtful  if  by  the  aid  of  it  any  suceBsful  phono¬ 
graph  whatever  could  be  constructed  embodying  the  devices 
therein  described.  Indeed  the  article  itself  substantially 
admits  the  unsuccessful  character  of  the  devices  in  the  fol¬ 
lowing  language:-  “At  the  present  stage  of  the  question  very 
little  is  wanted  for  realizing  what  v/e  have  just  told,  and  tho 
author  has  already  made  some  inprivements  to  tho  original 
apparatus.”  As  wo  understand  it, that  one  of  the  Bell  &  Taint 
er  inventions  which  the  La  Nature  article  is  supposed  by 
your  informant  to  anticipate, consists  in  that  improvement 
upon  the  Phonograph  of  Edison  by  which  the  record  is  pro¬ 
duced  upon  a  tablet  by  cutting  away  seme  portion  of  the  sur¬ 
face  of  the  tablet  as  distinguished  frem  indenting.  How-^ 
although  this  translation  from  “La  Nature"  speaks  in  a  gon- 

oral  way  of  the  use  of  stearins  upon  a  glass  surface  as  form¬ 
ing  the  material  upon  which  striations  are  proposed  to  bo 
made,  yet  there  is  not  a  word  anywhere  in  the  said  Article 
which  indicates  that  any  part  of  the  stearine  is  to  bo  remov¬ 
ed,— that  any  part  of  the  stearine  is  cut  away  in  mak¬ 
ing  the  record.  To  indent  the  surface  of  the  stearine  by 
the  striating  instrument  of  the  "La  Nature"  translation  would 
be  a  compliance  with  the  directions  contained  therein.  For 
these  reasons, which  are  sufficient  in  themselves, as  well  as 
for  others, we  are  clearly  of  the  opinion  that  your  rights 
under  those  two  Bell  and  Tainter  patents  are  entirely  unaf¬ 
fected  by  -vhat  is  disclosed  in  the  translation)  from  "La  Nature 

(3)  The  United  Co.  has  adopted  the  Sperry  Arc  li$it, 
and  I  am  about  to  draw  the  contract.  The  negotiations  were  car¬ 
ried  on  principally  by  Mr.  In su 11, Mr.  Herrick  and  Mr.  Leonard 

on  our  part,  and  by  George  H.  Bliss  and  Mr.'  MacQuestin  on  the  Sperry 
side.  The  Sperry  Co.  reserves  the  right  themselves  to  manufac¬ 
ture  and  sell, but  with  that  except ionnwe gob  an  exclusive  right 
to  manufacture  and  sell.  We  pay  7  1/2  per  cent  royalty  6n  the 
Shop  price  of  dynamos,  and  10  per  cent,  on  regulators, lamps  and 
other  apparatus.  The  Shop  price  includes  20  per  cent,  manufactur¬ 
ers!  price.  General  expense  includes  30  per  cent,  on  labor  and 
material.  The  Sperry  Co.  is  bound  for  the  life  of  their  patents, 
but  we  can  terminate  the  agreement  at  any  time  on  short  notice. 

I. am  to  insert  all  the  provisions  I  can  think  of  to  protect  our 
interests.  You  are  so  fertile. in  suggestions  in  law  papers, 
that  I  wish  you  were  here  now  for  me  to  consult  with. 

(4)  Our  old  friend  Bliss, who  turns  up  a  poessssor  of  a 
large  interest  in  the  Sperry-  Co. .tells  me  that  he  has  made  much 
money  out  of  this  and  other  inventions.  He  wears  the  same 
smile.  It  amuses  me  to  see  how  all  of  my  old  and  early  asso¬ 
ciates  in  the  Light  business  turn  up  one  after  another  with  fat 
wallets.  I  rather  think  I  am  the  only  man  who  has  been  in  the  bus¬ 
iness  from  the  start  and  has  never  made  ahything  but  his  salary, 
except  the  stocks  you  gave  me  and  the  15  shares  from  Mr.  Lowrey. 

I  have  made  no  inventions, probably  because  I  could  not;  I  have 
taken  no  interest  in  the  inventions  of  outsi  dors, because  I  did  not 
deem  it  lpyal ;  and  I  have  invested  no  money  in  anything  which  would 

bias  my  judgment  or  result  in  placing  mo  on  two  aides  of  the  fence. 
Self  praise  goes  but  a  little  ways.  The  fact  that  this  goes  way 
to  Havre  contradicts  that  maxim. 

(5)  Mr.  Instill*  is  in  Chicago  on  business  for  the  United 
Co.  Ho  says  he  is  running  nearly  all  the  executive  business 

at  Mo. 44  Wall  St.  Mr.  Herrick  relies  upon  him  absolutely.  The 
ins  and  outs  of  the  business  are  so  complicated, Herrick  is  oblig¬ 
ed  to  lean  on  somebody, and  Insull  is  by  far  the  ablest  and  best  man 
to  lean  on.  Ho  has  been  worked  by  the  Litfit  Co-,  people  all  :tho 
time,  and  has  been  greatly  worried  because  he  could  not  get  away 
from  Mo. 44  to  give  such  attention  tothe  phonograph  factory  etc, 
as  was  needed.  Your  business  has  grown  to  be  so  large,  and  the  dif- 
ferent  branches  of  the  Light  Do;  '.business  are  so  enormous, that 
one  man  cannot  attend  to  both. 

(6)  I  am  gradually  getting  hold  of  the  patent  business. 

I  find  it  m  sane  respects  in  bad  shape.  Tomlinson  appears  to 
have  shown  an  utter  heglect  for  order  and  business  methods.  Even 
his  docket, the  ordinary  law  office  Register, is  two  years  behind. 
Dyer  seems  to  have  done  good  work  in  linos  requiring  expert  knowl¬ 
edge  and  patience,  energy  and  ability  in  bringing  the  sane  to  bear- 
°”^tisation'  3ut  he  evidently  lacks  organization  and  executive 
ability.  The  one  big  Pittsburg  case  has  been  all  that  he  could 
possibly^,  attend  to.  My  plan  shall  b  e  to  supervise  the  work  of 
other  layyers,  and  to  run  three  or  four  cases  all  at  the  semetime. 

I  am  carefully  maturing  the  details  of  my  plan  to  submit  them  to 
the  committee  at  an  early  day.  X  shall  give  preference  to  Dyer 
in  everything, so  far  as  possible,  and  shall  try  to  give  him  his  own 
pick  of  opportunities.  I  hope  you  will!. take  anminterest  in  patent 
matters,  and  spur  me  on, so  that  I  will  pass  the  spur  along  to  others 

(7)  The  Wostinghouse  experts  are  getting  up  an  attack  on 
your  record  as  an  inventor  in  electric  light.  Dyer  is  at  work  on 
a  reply.  Probably  nothing  will  come  to  a  head, either  from  them 

or  from  us, before  you  get  here.  I  amagine  that  they  brief  which 
they  filed  in  the  Pittsburg  case, where  we  filed  nonepontains  the 
same  malicious  attack.  What  I  say  about  this  is  confidential, ex¬ 
tremely  so.  Please  do  not  mention  it,  for  reasons  which  I  had  bet- 
ter  not  state  in  writing. 

(S)  The  Boston  Toy  people  are  complaining  about  the 

;  their  devices  from  the  factory.  Their  contract 

delay  in  gettin; 


with;  you  for  manufacturing, provided  that  within  one  month  from  Aug¬ 
ust  0,1889, they  should  give  you  a  firm  order  for  the  delivery  of 
500  mechanisms  por  day, and  you  we re  to  deliver  the  same  not  later 
than  60  days  from  tho  time  you  received  such  order.  I  believe 
they  have  given  no  such  order, so  time  is  not  running  against  us. 

By  the  Y/ay,your  right  to  manufacture  has  not  yet  been  assigned 
to  the  E.  P.  Co.  I  suppose  you  will  want  this  done  when  you  re¬ 

(9)  The  Western  Electric  Co., of  Chicago, is  becoming  a 
strong  competitor  for  incandescent  business.  Leonard  says  they 
are  cutting  prices  on  him  with  great  activity.  I  bel fevethey 
wished  to  acquire  the  Sporry  Arc  light  system, and  that  this  fact 
v/as  one  reason  why  our  people  acted  so  promptly  in  your  absence. 

( /t\  The  stock  of  the  General  Co.  is  selling  very  low. 

It  has  been  weak  at  80.  The  busines s, however, is  growing, the  fut 
ture  outlook  is  bright, and  I  think  our  trouble  will  be  not  that  we 
cannot  make  money  but  rather  that  profitable  business  will  arise 
faster  than  our  capacity  to  do  it  grows.  There  seems  to  bo  no 
ond  to  the  business  to  be  done. 

Please  let  me  repeat  'here  my  best  wishes  for  a  safe 
and  pleasant  voyage, as  already  expressed  in  the  note  I  wrote  you 
yesterday  in  my  own  hand. 


T.  A.  Edison,Esg. 


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Paria,  21st  Sep temper,  1880. 

My  Moar  Mr.  Edison, - 

H  ^  *•**  very  rtich  touched  by  tho  most,  courteous 

letter  which  you  have  written  me  before  leaving  Paris,  and  I  tharfs 
you  a  thousand  times  for  the  amiable  thought,  with  which  you  have 
asked  me  for  my  photograph.  I  have  none  at  this  moment  but,  a  bad 
proof,  which  I  send  t.o  you  for  the  time  being*  I  will  address 
you  one  later.  If  you  desire  to  do  me  a  great  flavor,  it  would  be 
to  send  me  your  photograph,  if  possible,  representing  yourself 
listening  to  your  very  marvelous  phonograph,  with  a  phonogram 
coming  from  England,  and  adding  t.o  it,  your  autograph,  'fou  will 
overcome  no  with  gratitude.  I  am  very  pleased  that,  your  stay  in 
Paris  has  left  yon  so  happy  a  memory.  I  am  an  old  Parisian  from 
father  to  son.  Por  several,  generations  our  grand  city  has  always 
been  uppermost  in  works  of  science  and  art  and  intelligence.  That, 
is  why  it  has  wished  t.o  receive  P.dison  as  it  wcwld  wi  Si  to  have 
received  r.  Ming. 

8eli eve  me  entirely  yours, 

(Signed)  Gaston  Tissan  flier. 


T.  A.  Edison. 


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near  Sir:- 

I  w as  absent.  from  Paris  wh<n  your  letter  of  3.0th 
inst.  arrived.  Since  my  return  I  have  hastened  to  address  to  you 
the  photograph  which  you  have  done  me  the  honor  and  kindness  to 
ask  me  for  in  memory  of  your  stay  in  Paris.  I  hope  thvfc  you  will 
on  your  side  send  me  yours  as  a  souvenir  of  the  visit  which  I 
made  to  you  three  years  ago  in  America.  Perhaps  you  wil3.  remember 
that  you  had  made  me  hope  that  you  would  o  ffer  to  the  Museum  of 
the  OOKSTIRwaTOIIOT  ITATIOITAI.  JJKS  ARTS  &  MJWIHRS,  a  part  of  the  new 
things  you  have  exhibited  at  the  Champs  de  Mars,  and  in  that 
case  I  would  be  very  grate  fill  if  you  would  give  such  orders  to 
your  representatives  in  Paris.  I  much  regret  being  obliged  to 
leav  o  Pari  s  fSt.h  of  this  month  immediately  after  the  Pan  quo  t  with 

the  President  o  f  the  Conseil  Comissaire  General  de  3.  'Mxro  si.  tion, 
and  not  being  able  to  have  the  pleasure  of  doing  you  the  honors 
of  the  Conservatoire  as  X  had  hoped  after  our  first  interview  a*, 
the  Banquet  of  the  Romi-Centonnial  o f  Photography.  I  hope  t»t 
your  voyage  in  Europe  has  left  you.  pleasant  memories,  and.  I  look 

termr*  in  th.  hopo  .!.«*<!  »«>  •a*1".  *»»  1  ’1U  “  “b1'0 

to  express  the  sense  of  my  impressions. 


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Chas, Batchelor, Esq, 

.  Orange  N.J., 
f  Dear  Batchelor: - 

I  enclose  you  herewith  copy  of  a  patent  for  an 
Electric  Car  Brake,  Mr  Hinkley  the  inventor.'  is  a  resident  of  this 
city,  i?  has  occurred  to  him  that  in  view  of  the  competition  be-  • 
tween  the  Edison  Electric  bight  Co,  and  the  Westinghouse  Elec  light 
Co,  that  possibly  the  Edison  people  might  feel  disposed  to  look  in¬ 
to  the  matter,  that  he  Hinkley  thinks  will  knock  air  breakes  sky 
high.  I  have  no  personal  knowledge  of  the  patent,  never  having 
seen  the  model,  or  read  the  specifications,  but  I  know  Mr  Hin^ey 
and  if  he  is  as  level  on  this  subject  as  he  is  in  his  usual  businos 
dealings  he  must  have  a  good  thing.  I  send  this  to  you,  knowing 
that  if  it  has  any  merit  you  will  see  that  the  subject  is  properly 
investigated.  Will  you  please  write  me  what  you  think  or  it,  and 
what  consideration  if  any  you  will  give  to  him. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Yc V' 

P.S.The  Westinghouse  people  are  building  a  plant  in  this  city, 
which  they  claim  will  have  twice  the  capacity  of  our  Edison  Co  and 
double  the  economy:  I  shall  soon  be  looking  for  a  job. 

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The  United  States  Transportation  Co. 

patent  Steam  Power  elevator  Barges, 


18  BROADWAY,  N.  Y. 

New  York,  Oot.  10,  /89. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir*— 

{A'Ut'  * <  /// 


I  learn  from  a  letter  received  this  day  from  my  father, 
Mr.  Courtney  Schenek,  who  resides  in  Earis  and  has  some  business 
relations  with  Mr.  Ferdinand  De  Lesseps,  that  the  son  of  Mr. 

Eiffel,  the  constructor  of  the  Eiffel  Tower,  is  in  this  country.  I 
am  desirous  to  communicate  with  him,  and,  if  possible,  to  learn  his 
whereabouts.  The  object  being,  to  have  him  look  into  a  matter  of 
interest  to  him.  Can  you  give  me  the  information  that  will  enable 
me  to  learn  where  he  is? 

Very  respectfully  yours. 




Elegtrigal  Securities, 
Exploiter  op  Elegtrigal  Iryeutions, 

ROOMS  6/e,  6/j,  &•  6/4  TEMPLE  COURT, 


&bi<MU/o,  ML.  Clot.  1 1 '  th ,,  89. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 


I  notice  by  the  papers  your  safe,  return-  home-T 
Please  accept  my-  congratulations  for  your  safe 

Your  friends,  in  this  section-  have  all  been  much 
gratified  at  the  fresh  honors  you  have  reoeived  while, 
abroad,,  for  we  feel  that  they  are  well  deserved. 

I  am  delighted  that. the  Westinghouse  people  have 
been  knooked  out. 

Sinoerely  yours. 


_SDJSON'  fjouss  “B,"  RoFiBHUMBBI^IiAND  N  VENUE, 


JfaJwwt  id!  Ute,  ffintomWa 

CoiiNisn  40th  Stiieet  &  4th  Avenue. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

OBANGE,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir 

When  the  course  in  Eleotrieal  Engineering  was 
being  established  here  last  springy  you.  very  generously  offered  to 
found  an  Eleotrieal  Engineering  Fellowship  in  Clumbia  College,  to 
be  known  by  your  name.  But  at.  that -/time  the  course  and  its  gen¬ 
eral  plan  had  not  been  definitely," settled  by  the  Authorities  of  the 
College  and  therefore  it  was  impossible  to  formally  acoepttthe 
offer  and  arrange  the  matter  with  you.  •  _ 

The  Course  has  now  been  regularity  established 
and  started  this  fall  at  the  opening  of  the  College  with  twelve  or 
fourteen  students.  More  than  half  of  them  are  already  graduates 
of  the  School, of  Mines  in  the  Civil  and  Mining  Engineering  and 
Chemical  Courses  and  they  now  come  baolfcto  take  a  two  years  course 
in  Electrical  Engineering,  and  they  make  excellent  students  being 
already  wetl  grounded  in  Engineering,  Mechanics, -iOhemistry,  etc. 

It  is  hardly  necessary  for  me  to  say  that  any 
endorsement  and  encouragement  you  may  see  fit  to  extend  to  this  new 
y  course  will  be  fully  appreciated  by  the  Authorities  and  Students 
of  the  College.  ‘ 

A.E.  2. 

If  convenient-  $o  you  I  shall  come  out  some  afternoon 
see  you  in  regard  to  this  matter . 

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I  send  you  as  promised  Hopkinson’ s  and  your  own 

Specification  of  the  Three  Wire  Patent.  I  think  they  are  the  only  ones 

so  at  least  my  patent  agents  inform  me, 

Eefr  me  know  if  there  is  anything  else  1  can  get  you  as  you  know 

I  am  always  at  your  disposal, 

I  sincerely  hope  Mrs  Edison  is  well  and  that  the  voyage  was  not 
too  much  for  her  this  time.  With  kindest  regards. 

Believe  me. 

Yours  very  sincerely, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq 

Ll«*»Uya  Bark 

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least-  I  want  to  ask  if  you  are  no*  .ready'  to  ioome.ito  Cornell ;for  a 
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lat  est"  e'xperiements  made: iby  ihim,  batikedivby  i  the  flats  •  Mr  Thaw-  :of  Jp.itib  - 
burgh;\iand: : Chanuteu  maync! omdi; st  ill  olater  .totgive.:uS'rthe:theory>-.of>mt. 
Emery;-,  comes  oprbbabiy  .Nov.'  c  jet  rt  o  italk:;  about  st dam  ^engine:  construe - 
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cock  about  water-tube  boilers; Leavitt  about  pumping  engines  ;  Hol¬ 
loway  about  something  else  of  interest-^  and  Dudley, Miehaelis  and  oth¬ 
ers  add  their,  lb  its' u«'  nlf  you  would  settle  here  with  me  i  you  would  get 
more  out  of  these  men  than  yo  u  can  out  of  your  laboratory  -  No;  I 
will  take  that  back  ,and  say  more  than i arty  ether;  man  iwou-ld  « 

'.'i.o  o' .  iMrsi  JThu rafronrsends  a  cordial  invitation  .renews  her 
hearty  iinvltat  ion,. to, i  Mrs  ..'Edison,  and  theses;  that’  sheirmay  ibe:< allowed 
to -show -her -some  things  .‘that  would;  hot: -int  of  est'-iyou,  «-  There  -are  -  v 
no. , end  .of  , them -here:  ..  n.',;,,  *  \ .  ■  (VA.  ,,0; 

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New  Jersey.  Perhaps  it  is  not  agreeable  fbr  you  to  be  addressed 
in  this  manner.  I  presume  you  are  bored  to  death  by  those  who 
perhaps  arc  as  anxious  as  myself  to  obtain  a  record  from  you 
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X  presume  you  aro  aware  that  we  have  just  introduced  a 
phonoplex  circuit  on  our  Not  York  division,  but  are  unable  to 
work  it  successfully  through  to  the  Grand  Central  Depot  on  account 
of  induction  apparently  in  wires  in  New  York  cable.  I  hope  you 
will  be  able  to  remedy  the  trouble,  as  we  are  very  nuch  in  need 
of  telegraph  facilities,  and  if  this  succeeds  it  will  fill  a  long 
felt  want.  I  intend  also  to  try  and  induce  our  people  to  extend 
it,  as  we  certainly  can  use  it  to  great  advantage  on  other  Di¬ 
visions.  1  have  one  of  your  phonographs  and  should  be  extremely 
delighted  to  receive  a  phonogram  from  you  to  be  reproduced  for 
those  who  may  have  the  good  fortune  to  hear  it.  By  the  way,  wont 
you  please  tell  me  why  this  cylinder  scratches.  I  haw  as  yet 
be®  unable  to  record  without  this  hard  scraping  sound,  although 

I  have  experimented  thoroughly  to  find  the  trouble.  1  cannot 
understand  it  unless  it  is  tho  wax  is  too  hard.  If  yotc  will 
kindly  grant  my  request,  it  will  be  highly  appreciated. 

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My  dear  Edison:- 

X  enclose  you  herewith  some  papers  submitted 
*°  "8  Pror-  Beo-P. Barker, with  relation  to  a  re.  Air  Brake,  (he 
“n  *°  tM‘  “rake  ^els  Pretty  confident  1th  regard  to 

it, and  It  might  possibly  Injur,  wostlnghouee  very  asrloualy.  I 
underetand  that  Hr.  Henderson  knows  something  or  the  brake.  if 
you  think  It  is  worth  while  doing  anything  with  the  matter, please 
favor  me  with  your  Insinuations  with  relation  to  It., 

Yours  truly, 

T. A. Edison  Esq.  ’  ■ 1  . . 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Kdison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  compliance  with  the  promise  made  during  personal  interview 
on  Saturday,  I  send  you  to-day  a  small  quantity  of  the  mica  refer¬ 
red  to.  T  have  cut  some  of  it  into  the  proper  size,  and  split  it 
to  the  proper  thickness  for  most  effective  work.  I  think,  on  ac¬ 
count  of  some  of  the  peculiar  properties  of  this  mica,  it  will  an¬ 
swer  the  purpose  of  the  diaphragm  as  fully  as  the  gt&ss-  crystal* 
of  German  manufacture. 

By  the  way,  T  was  engaged  part  of  the  day  yesterday  near  the 
works  of  the  New  Jersy  and  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Co.,  and 
took  advantage  of  the  proximity  to  visit  the  works  and  mines.  I 
was  sorry  T  hadn’t  all  my  instruments  along  for  the  purpose  of  lo¬ 
cating  magnetic  iron  ore.  The  prospects  of  a  large  quantity  there, 
—sufficient  to  keep  your  works  running  for  a  year, — seem  very 


doubtful^  indeed.  T  was  surprised  as  well  as  gratified  with  the 
thorough  working  of  the  magnetic  separator.  Do  you  not  have  dif¬ 
ficulty  in  disposing  of  the  product,  on  account  of  its  being  so 
finely  ground?  Could  it  not,  by  being  dampened,  be  pressed  into 
oakes,  and  thereby  be  more  readily  used  in  the  furnace? 

When  you  visit  that  locality,  it  would  give  me  pleasure  to 
Join  you  with  the  necessary  instruments,  in  order  to  determine 
further  if  there  is  magnetic  iron  ore  there  in  quantity.  T  have 
determined  for  others  in  regard  to  bodies  of  ore,  and  very  suc¬ 
cess  fully. 

Faithfully  yours, 

frtjqtojnp  BLEeirtyGuni 


soat.  foe  eutolt  Bco...  “““■  =»-.  coepoatloc  (AloUor  RuhnUtocIT),  Ecosuot,  Kooulg, 

Physios  and  Chemistry. 

Mr.  1.  A.  Edison, 



Phi  la  da,  Pa.  11/6/89. 

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Oran  03  ,  N.  .J . 

My  dear  Sir:- 

I  understand  that  you  hive  had 

®nsiderable  experience  with  Too  pier  Holts  Marines,  at  varioue 
times.  We  have  always  had  more  or  less  trouble  with  the  proper 
shell  a  eing  am  insullation  of  this  na  chine,  and  thinking  .  pos si  bly 
you  may  discovered  some  points  whi  h  would  be  of  interest  and 
value  in  the  sore  perfect  construction  og  these  machines,  and  de- 
-sinng  to  put  as  good  a  marine  as  possible  before  the  publi  c,  I 
1276  the  liberty  of  writing  to  you  to  inquire  whether  you 

®n  give  us  any  susge  st  ions,  whi  *  mgy  be  of  use  am  which  you  do 
not  ere  to  hold  as  private  property,  they  will  be  certainly  q>Pre- 
-  dated  by  us  and  we  will  be  glad  to  re  cipno  cate  su  ch  kirdness 
at  ar.y  time, as  much  as  possible. 



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My  Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

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Probably  you  wifi  recall  several  in¬ 
terviews  we  had  together  a  number  of  years  ago  in  regard  to 
an  electrical  school  at  Columbia  College.  At  that  time,  it 
was  impossible  to  interest  the  Trustees  in  a  movement  of  the 
kind  on  account  of  the  condition  then  of  the  College  finances. 
During  the  last  year  a  school  of  electrical  engineering  was 
e stabl i she d7and  a  building  for  its  accommodation  is  almost 
completed.  You  are  aware,  also,  that  the  College  has  shown 
its  practical  sympathy  with  such  projects  by  selecting  me  for 
the  presidency.  I  should  esteem  it  a  particularly  happy 
augury,  both  for  myself  and  for  the  College,  if  I  could  be 
so  fortunate  as  to  interest  you  in  this  school  now, as  I  think 
you  were  ready  to  be  interested  when  we  spoke  together  a  few 
years  ago.  If  j  remember  correctly,  you  told  me  you  had  of¬ 
fered  to  the  College  the  exhibit  of  electrical  apparatus 
which  you  had  made  in  the  Paris  Exposition  of  1878,  upon  the 
condition,  if  I  recollect  aright,  that  the  College  should 
store  it  in  a  fireproof  building.  At  that  time  it  loas  im¬ 
possible  for  the  College  to  comply  with  the  condition.  If  it 
would  be  agreeable  to  you  to  make  such  a  tender  as  to  your 
exhibit  in  the  Exposition  of  this  year,  I  think  the  College 

Mgbt  be  able  to  satisfy  you  as  to  the  care  that  would,  be 
taken  of  it.  I  have  the  feeling  that  New  York  is  the  place 
where  such  a  school  can  do  the  most  good, and  it  goes  without 
saying  that  such  a  recognition  at  your  hands  would  give  a 
prestige  to  the  School  of  Columbia  that  would  insure  its 
success  from  the  start.  I  venture  to  hope  that  you  will  see 
in  my  own  new  relation  to  the  College fa  sufficient  guarantee 
of  the  progressive  spirit  of  the  institution  to  make  you  feel 
safe  in  giving  to  it  such  a  recognition.  I  have  written  with 
entire  frankness.  I  trust  that  in  doing  so,  I  have  not  seemed 
to  you  to  take  an  unwarranted  liberty.  I  need  only  add  that 
if  you  would  like  to  have  a  talk  with  me,  I  will  call  upon 
you  at  such  time  and  place  as  you  may  be  pleased  to  indicate. 

Yours  sincerely. 

Ty'A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  Ny  Jy 

Dear  Sir  : 

I  formed  a  syndicate  to-day  to  do  business 
in  electric  lighting  and  electric  railways  in  Central  Anerioa y 
Mri-  Smith  My  Weed  is  President  of  the  syndicate.^  He  is  inter¬ 
ested,  as  you  know,  in  the  Chatagay  Iron  Works;  and,  in  talking 
over  the  iron  business  with  him,  he  expressed  a  desire  to  meiet 
you  and  said  that  he  could  give  you  some  information  about  the 
iron  ore  business  that  would  be  valuable.  I  told  him  I  would 
write  to  you  and  arrange  a  meeting  for  him  when  he  returned  to 
the  city,  which  will  be  some  time  next  week.  Please  let  me  know 
if  you  are  willing  to  meet  Mr.  Weedy 

Stern  &  Silverman, 


Edison  Electric  Light 

Sprague  Electric  Railway  and  Motor  Company, 

Hamilton  Building,  Fifth  Avenue, 

■",H0"!H19-  Pittsburgh,  Pa.  Nov*  irj.'s,  irra. 

Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Or  anno,  N.  J. 

M.y  Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

In  the  mat  tar  of  securing  for  you  a  copy  of 
tho  contract  usually  mads  be  turd  on  ths  Westinghouso  Air  Brake  Com¬ 
pany  and  various  railway  Comanios  basido  other  litsraturo  of  r.  sim¬ 
ilar  nature,  I  desire  to  state  that  my  silanes  is  caused  for  the 
reason  of  rny  not  having  made  any  progress. 

It  is  a  difficult  thing  to  secure  the  matter  desired  by 
you,  and  thus  far  we  have  made  no  great  progress,  nor  have  we  as 
yet  concluded  to  give  up,  but  simply  write  to  let  you  know  that  w0 
are  doing  our  best  to  so 

•  cur o  the  same. 

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Shafting  Pulleys  etc. 

Edison's  Underground  Cable  for  Electric 
Lighting.  Telegraph  and  Telephone. 
Edison's  Devices  for  Underground 

Fusible  Metal  Strips  marked  to  Ampere 


Capital  8  750,000 

Electrical  Instruments 
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Dear  Sir:-  / e> rf-Jp 

Re  New  York  City  Personal  Tax.  “The  question  is 
where  in  the  eye  of  the  law  you  resided  from  July  I,  1885  to  July  I 
1886,  and  I  beg  to  say: 

(I)  The  Normandie  says  you  stopped  with  them  there  from 
September  6th  to  10th,  1885  and  from  October  I4th,  1885  to  February 
3rd,  1836.  Touching  this  statement,  please  answer  the  following 

(a) .  What  members  of  your  family  other  than  yourself 
lived,  habitually  at  the  Normandie  from  the  said  October  I4th 
to  Bebruary  3rd? 

(b) .  If  any  of  your  children  were  there,  was  it  for 
the  purpose  of  attending  school? 

(c) .  At  what  other  places  did  you  habitually  sleep 
_  -from  the  said  October  I4th  to  Bebruary  3rd? 

(2 )  Did  you  maintain  a  home  at  Menlo.iPark  after  July  I, 
w  /' I?85,  and  if  so  for  how  long?  Were  any  of  your" children  living  at 
s^#rha-t  home  for  anir  part  of  the  year  beginning  July  I,  1885?  Who, 
rr\/>and  ±>or  how  long?  How  often  did  you, sleep  there  after  JulyI,I885? 

-fiU  [V  was  the  date  of  your  marriage?  Immediately 

after  /yotyr^ri-gagig  did  you  take  up  your  residence  at  Orange?  h  £4) 

Will  you  kindly  anstoer  the  above  questions  carefully?  and 
in  detail,  and  please  remember  that  you  will  have  to  make  an  affi¬ 
davit  and  possibly  stand  a  crops  examination  on  what  you  say. 

Will  you  kindly  give  this  matter  your  attention  within 
the  next  day  or  two,  and  oblige. 


vT'  C  C  0~^  Mills  Building, 

Brooklyn,  Nov.  27,  1889. 

Nr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N,  J. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  to  thank  you  for  your  favor  of  Nop. 
25th.  I  appreciate,  of  course,  the  force  of  what  you  say  in 
reply  to  my  suggestion.  It  occurred  to  me  that  it  might  be 
a  pleasant  thing  for  you  to  have  your  exhibit  kept  intactfin 
an  institution  where  it  would  at  once  exhibit  the  extreme 
attainments  of  science  at  a  given  date  and  be  the  source  of  ~ 
instruction  to  your  successors  for  many  years  to  come.  The 
nearness  of  the  proposed  World's  Fair  in  this  country  throws 
a  light  upon  the  subject  xohtch  had  not  occurred  to  mefand  is, 
of  course,  decisive  against  the  realization  of  my  hopes  at 
this  time.  Perhaps  you  will  let  the  idea  germinate  and  carry 
it  into  effect  after  that  exposition  is  over.  Meanwhile,  if 
you  see  any  way  in  which  you  can  show  an  interest  in  Col¬ 
umbia’  s  school  of  electricity,  you  may  be  sure  that  it  would 
be  greatly  appreciated  both  by  the  Trustees  and  by  myself. 

Yours  sincerely. 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  The  boys  seem  to  have  a  gaod 
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we  want  it  to  work  most  nicely,  the  battery  seems  to  trouble; 
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out.  It  has  been  rather  annoying.  It  has  brought  us  to  think 
about  other  modes  fcr  driving  it.  Among  the  rest  I  have  thought 
possibly  that  if  we  could  do  with  the  incandescent  lamp  what  we 
did  with  the  arc  lights  at  the  shop,  the  power  might  be  reduced 
so  as  to  have  the  same  amount  of  forte  that  the  batter  has  when  it 
is  in  good  condition.  That  is,  take  out  one  of  the  16  Candle-power 
lanps  and  put  in  in  its  place  16  one- candl e- power  lanps;  then  take 
out  say  one  of  the  16  lanps  and  put  the  phonograph  motor  in  its 
place.  What  say  you?  The  boys  have  been  figuring  on  a  weight  a 
good  deal.  Could  we  not  put  the  weight  in  the  cellar  and  bring  it 

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adjoiningrthe  New  Court  House  in  the  Park,  in  the  City  of  New  York,  on  the  3.  O^L. ' 
day  of  instant,  at  the  hour  of  101-  in  the  forenoon  of  the  same 

day,  to  testify  the  truth  and  to  give  evidence  before  the  GRAND  JURY,  touching  a 

certain  complaint  then  and  there  pending  against  ° 

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Witness,  Hon.  FREDERICK  SMYTH,  Recorder  at  the  City  Hall,  in  our  said  City 
the  first  Monday  of '  ;  £0  }  in  the  year  of  our  Lord  18M. 

JOHN  R.  FELLOWS,  District  Attorney. 

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Mr,  THOS.  A.  EDISON, 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:-  Have  you  anything  like  a  "DRY  BAT- 
TERY"  that  »old  drive  the  Phonograph  for  .peel.! 
casione?  Or  .  «»«  battery  of  a  eingle  e.llt  The  boy. 
ti»e.  are  oatl.d  oat  to  evening  gathering.  and  the  foar-J.r  battery 
is  rather  inconvenient  to  transport. 

How  is  the  ore  separation  machine  getting  along?  Have  heard 
nothing  from  it  for  some  time. 

Yours  resp  'y, 


Electric  Street  Railways,  Electric  Light  and  Power  Plants, 
Steam  Plants. 


new  YORK,  Deo .5,1889, 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  - 

You  will  see  by  the  above  heading  that  I  have  concluded 
to  start  out  myself  instead  of  taking  the  position  with  you,  or  else¬ 
where  in  the  Company,  I  tried  to  see  you  before  you  started  up  to 
the  mines,  but  just  missed  you.  1  have  gone  over'the  matter  care¬ 
fully  the  last  month  and  although  fully  appreciate  the  honor  and 
benefit  offered  from  you,  I  think  that  after  several  years  work  in 
the  Company  I  would  like  to  try  for  a  while  on  my  owi  hook. 

I  believe  that  with  good  hard  work  and  the  good  will  of 
yourself  and  the  rest  of  the  company,  there  is  a  good  opportunity 
for  a  first  class  consulting  and  Construction  (bmp any.  we  propose  to 
make  a  specialty  of  good  work  only,  I  feel  that  there  is  muoh  of  your 

work,  as  similar  to  what  I  have  been  doing  for  you  for  the  last  sever¬ 
al  months,  which  is  just  in  our  line  and  which  I  could  give  the  best 

of  attention.  It  is  not  only  the  work  I  wish  from  you,  but  your  good 
will  and  the  use  of  your  name  as  doing  work  for  you.  Can  not 


Electric  Street  Railways,  Electric  Light  and  Power  Plants, 

Steam  Plants. 

e.'f.  WHITE. 




therefore  hold  the  position  of  Engineer  for  you  on  special  work  of 
the  class  that  I  have  been  doing,  and  oontinue  on  with  the  Silver 
Lake  and  Niagara  scheme  and  other  work  in  this  line?  I  would  be  glad 
to  make  any  sort  of  any  arrangement  with  you  that  would  be  acceptable 
to  you,  and  as  we  are  organized  for  this  class  of  work,  I  feel  that 
we  could  take  oare  of  it  in  good  shape. 

Mr  MaoOuesten  who  is  interested  with  me  in  this  work,  you 
are  acquainted  with  in  years  past.  Mr.  White  is  a  personal  friend 
of  mine  and  a  first  class  engineer. 

we  are  looking  after  the  power  plant  for  the  ore  mill  for 
Mr.  Livoir  and  yourself. 

I  will  go  out  and  see  you  Just  as  soon  as  you  return  and 
trust  you  will  think  over  the  matter  favorably  and  give  us  the  op¬ 
portunity  of  doing  whatever  business  we  can  with  you  and  having  the 
great  advantage  which  it  will  give  us. 

Trusting  to  see  you  soon  or  hear  from  you,  we  remain. 

Yours  respectfully. 



Electric  Street  Railways,  Electric  Light  and  Power  Plants, 

1S.  Steam  Plants. 

macquesten,  15  CORTLANDT  STREET, 

WHITE.  ’ 

NEW  YORK, . Dec... . 5, . I.8.8.9., . 

Chas.  Batchelor,  Esq., 

Care  of  Edison  Labratory,  Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Batcheloe:- 

Can  you  let  me  know  how  Mr.  Edison  stands  in  regard 
to  the  Silver  Lake  plant?  I  would  like  very  much  to  continue  on  the 
same  in  my  world  with  him  on  this  matter,  and  there  superintend  the 
construction  for  him  or  take  the  contract  outright  for  the  furnish- 
ing  and  inaul g>fr4«n  of  the  power  plant.  It  looks  very  much  as  though' 
it  would  be  desirable  to  put  that  French  engine  in  on  this  plant  in¬ 
stead  of  at  the  ore  mill.  If  there  is  anything  in  regard  to  your 
experimental  work  on  street  railway  where  there  is  an  opportunity 
for  any  work,  we  would  be  glad  to  see  you  in  regard  to  it. 

Trusting  to  hear  from  you  soon,  we  remain. 

Yours  truly. 


Archbishop's  House,  ' 

452  Madison  Ave., 

Nev/  York,  December  5,  1889, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Eds on. 

Dear  Sir  :- 

The  Rev.  Mr.  X.ambert,  who  has  devoted  forty  years 
of  his  life  to  the  care  of  the  deaf  and  dumb  in  Prance,  has  ro^ 
quested  mo  to  interest  your  good  services  in  behalf  of  this  suffer¬ 
ing  class  of  humanity.  He  trusts  that  some  application  of  your 
Phonograph  may  be  of  great  benefit  to  the  deaf  and  dumb.  I  sin¬ 
cerely  hope  that  you  may  be  able  to  relieve  these  poor  sufferers; 
and  in  that  hope  beg  to  commend  very  earnestly  to  your  kind  consid¬ 
eration  the  request  of  this  good  French  priest.  - 

I  have  the  honor  to  be.  Dear  Sir, 

Very  respectfully, 

Your  obedient  servant, 

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o  bring  Miss  Adele  aus 

nave  permission  to  bring  Miss  Adele  aus  der  Ohe,  the  pianist,  and 
her  sister  some  day  to  see  the  instrument,,  and, if  possible, to  see 
you?  MissAdele  aus  der  Ohe  has  expressed  to  me  a  great  deal  of 
interest  in  the  matter,  and  I  should  be  obliged  if  you  could  make 
an  opportunity  for  me  to  gratify  her.  As  you  must  have  many  calls 

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consigned  to  us,  and  is  now  held  at  the  Customs. 

Please  send  invoice  ( bill  specifying  the  contents  and  value ), 
and  check  or  money  for  probable  amount  of  duty.  For  goods 
valued  over  $50. — ,  a  Consular  Invoice  is  required  for  clear¬ 
ance.  If  no  invoice  has  been  received,  please  send  specification 
of  contents  and  value. 

Yours  respectfully. 

L.  W.  MORRIS  &  SON. 

EUR.  81  AM.  EX.  CO.  L’d. 

K.  B.  Dick  Comrhny, 

Mr.  A.  0.  Tate, 

Orange,  N.J, 

Dear  Sirs— I  have  wired  you  in  regard  to  the 
Phonograph  Doll  which  you  were  to  sind  me,  and  also  to  find  out  when 

Mr.  Edison  will  return  to  Orange. 

the  matters  specified  in  my  late  liters  concerning  Ore  Milling,  it 
is  a  very  poor  policy  for  me  to  atJempt  to  talk  up  a  business  of  this 

kind  without  knowing  the  ground  on 

to  the  parties  when  the  subject  is  brought  to  their  notice.  It  is 

quite  desirable  to  have  Mr.  Edison 

am  quite  anxious  to  know  about 

which  I  stand,  and  what  I  can  say 

proposition  as  soon  as  possible, 

so  that  I  will  know  whet he\l  can  afjford  to  interest  ny  friends  in 
this  project  or  not, and  I  trus\you/7ill  call  Mr.  Edison's  attention 
to  the  matter  at  a  very  early  date. 

I  would  also  like  to  hear  in  reference  to  the  foreign  trade 
on  Mimeographs  before  I  take  any  further  steps  in  that  direction. 

Awaiting  your  early  reply,  I  am 

Yours  very  truly, 

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Thomas  A. Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  II. J. 

Dear  Sir; 

Re  Edison  Personal  Tax.  We  are  in  receipt  of  your  letter  pf 
the  10th  inst.,  which  answers  fully  all  our  questions. 

We  enclose  herewith  an  affidavit,  in  the  form  of  an  answer, 
which  we  desire  should  be  sworn  to  and  returned  to  us.  We  think  it 
embodies  the  information  contained  in  your  lett'er  of  the  IOt'h  inst. 
We  have  ventured  to  embody  one  other  statement',  to  wit:  that'  you  ‘ 
paid  taxes  on  personal  property  in  the  town  of  Orahge' during  the 
period  between  September,  1885,  and  February,  1886.  If  this  is  the 
fact,  it  is  of  value.  If  the  statement  that  such  personal  taxes 
were  paid  at  Orange  is  incorrect  please  return  the  paper  to  us  for 
correction.  Let  this  be  done  as  soon  as  jpay-ibele 

Re  Edison  Administrator  Tax.  We -desire  a  little  further  in¬ 
formation  as  to  this: 

(a)  The  date  of  Mrs.  Edison’s  deathand  where  she  resided  at 
the  time  of  her  death.  J 

(b)  By  what  Court,  if  any,  .was .Mr .Edison  appointed  Adminis¬ 

Early  attention  to  these  matters  will  oblige, 

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Foreign  Correspondents! 

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Custom  House  Brokers  and  Forwarding  Agents, 

December _ 13th . .../<?  89. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.  ;  .  . 


Orange,  N.  J.  ,  Z  O 

n»Ai*  if-  - - — - **— , 

In  reply  to  your  Tavor  or  yesterday,  we  can 
enter  the  statue  received  by  steamer  »Norraan<|ie*  on  a 
Prororma  Invoice,  giving  as  the  value,  the  price  stated 
in  cablegram,  minus  freight  to  Harve. 

If  you  wish  us  to  do  so,  we  have  to  give  a 
bond  for  the  production  of  the  Consular  Invoice,  but 
we  do  not  doubt,  your  agent,  knowing  the  importance  of 
its  being  procured,  will  attend  to  it.' 

You  would  also  have  to  send  us  a  check  on 
account,  ror  about  *800,  for  duty. 

Awaiting  your  reply. 

We  remain, 

Verytruly  yours. 


New  York, . Dec . 17th, 18B9.  1ft 

My  dear  Edison: - 

I  enclose  you  herewith  a  letter  from  a 
Detroit  Crank.  As  a  rule  I  would  hot  ask  you  to  read  letters 
from  Cranks, but  in  this  case  I  think  you  should  give  the  matter 
your  very  serious  and  close  attention.  Smoking  is  very  injuri¬ 
ous  to  the  system  and  costly  to  the  pocket, and  I  would  strongly 
advise  you  to  adopt  ohewing  as  an  alternative. 

True, my  advice  to  you  is  dictated  by  a  desire  to  corral 
those  2500  segars  which  the  lamp  Company  owes  you  and  which  I  pe¬ 
riodically  promise  to  buy  you  the  very  next  day.  I  write  this 
letter  to  suggest  a  compromise.  I  will  supply  you  with  chewing 
tobacco  for  two  years, and  take  the  segars.  Those  segars  have  got 
to  be  smoked  and  sanebody  has  got  to  be  sacrificed  on  the  altar  of 
necessity.  If  you  do  the  ohewing  and  I  do  the  smoking  I  think 
this  will  be  a  very  proper  division  of  the  necessary  sacrifice. 

I  know  I  cannot  expect  an  immediate  reply  to  a  letter  of  this 
character.  It  is  one  which  requires  the  most  serious  considera¬ 
tion, but  having  supreme  confidence  in  your  ultimate 
has  occurred  to  me  that  I  will  buy  500  of  the  segars  which  the 
Lamp  Company  owes;,  you,  and  start  in  sacrificing  myself  .pending  your 

decision, which  will  naturally  be  in  my  favor  on  ducti  a  subject. 

Yours  vjjlry  truly-},  \  7 

Thos.A.Edison  E3q. 


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We  have  a  telegram  from  Mr. Fellows,  Disi.Atty.N.Y.,to_ 

Mr .Edi son  as  follows : . 

"The  Grand  Jury  would  like. to  have  you  before  them 
Thursday  morning  at  11  o'clock.  Answer." 

Signed,  John  R. Fellows. 

Mr.Insull  to  Mr.Macguire. 

Reply  to  Mr. Fallows  saying  that  Mr .Edison  is  in  New 
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rest  in  the  laboratory,  and  therefore  I  did  not  wish  to  disturb 
you,as  I  had  to  hurry  bade  to  the  city  on  business. 

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may  have  on  hand  in  which  I  eould  be  of  as  ivies  to  you. 

Trusting  to  hear  fran  you,  I  remain 
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finances.  Included  are  bills  and  accounts  pertaining  to  the  purchase  of  library 
furniture  as  a  birthday  gift  to  Edison,  along  with  a  list  of  employee  contributors 
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I  am  collecting  for  publication  in  a  newspaper  article 
the  views,  of  a  few  representative  men  and  wanen  who  are  f  oreraest 
in  leading  public  thought  and  opinion,  on  the  question! 

"What  great  reform  in  our  social,  political,  religious 
or  educational  system  is  most  needed,  and  will  advance  us  as  a 

I  appeal  to  you,  earnestly,  for  an  answer,  however  brief 4 
Your  prominenco  in  the  public  mind  makes  your  views  on  any 
subject  of  importance,  and  no  symposium  would  be  complete  without 
you . 

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word  or  a  sentence  will  do  if  you  are  too  busy  to  give  the 
subject  much  attention,  ’’ 

With  thanks  in  advance  for  the  courtesy,  I  am, 

Respec tf ully  yours , 

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Thomas  A. Edison, Eaq . , 

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Monio  Park,N. J, 

Dear  SirJ- 

I  have  been  requested  by  the  publishers  or  •Youth's  Com¬ 
panion"  to  prepare  an  article  upon  Soy  Inventors’,  and  you  would 
confer  a  great  Tavor  upon  the  author  by  stating  how  old  you  were 
when  you  first  commenced  inventing,  when  your  rirst  application 
for  a  patent  was  filed, and  what  the  invention  was. 

It  is  the  purpose  or  the  author  to  prepare  an  artiole 
which  will  encourage  our  American  youth  to  exercise  their  ingen¬ 
uity  in  the  various  modern  arts  and  sciences,  and  in  order  to  do  1 
this  we  wish  to  cite  as  examples,  those  young  men  who  have  beoorae 
famous  as  successful  inventors.  J 

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A  similar  request  has  been  made  to  Alexander  Graham  Bell, 

George  Westinghouse,  and  others,  and  it  is  hoped  that  you  will 
kindly  respond. 

You  probably  know  that  the  Youth's  Companion  has  a  cir¬ 
culation  of  250,000  weekly. 

Mr.  Kennelly, 


I  enclose  herewith  a  letter  from  Mr, 

-  George  Parsons  Lathrop,  the  author,  which  explains  itsftlf. 
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Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison,  — 

Menlo  Park, 

Dear  Sir:- 

Wo  purpose  Issuing,  under  the  editorship  of  Robert 
Grimshaw,  Ph.  D.,  (Prost.  Polytechnic  Section,  American  Instituto) 
a  little  volume  entitled  'THOUGHTS  FOR  YOUNG  MEH',  containing  help¬ 
ful  suggestions  by  those  who  have  achieved  both  material  success 
and  the  ostoom  of  thoir  follow  men . 

"  May  we  ask  you  to  contribute  thereto  a  fow  paragraphs 
which  will  be  serviceable  to  those'  of  the  rising  gonoration,  by 
informing  them  how  to  win  a  competency  while  preserving  solf -res¬ 
pect  and  gaining  moral  standing? 

Very  truly,  yours  obliged 



te^vr^tr  I 

The  Edison  United  Manufacturing  Company, 

65  Fifth  Avenue, 

ENGINEERING  DEPARTMENT.  New  York _ April  ,1Q.  .1830, 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq,'., 

Orange,  N.  :j.  ^  /' 

Dear  Si«:  -  v  ( 1 

1  want  to  a  picture  or  drawing  of  'Mr.  Edison's  Phonometer.  :I 
want  to  use  It  for  my  little  book  which  Is  .coming  out  at  last.  Can  you  tell, 
me  where  to  get  a  .cut  or  picture,  of  It?  If  there  is  .none  published ;I  .pre-, 

'■  6Ume  yOU  have  drawin6s  ’In  some  .publication  or  other  iat  the  Laboratory,  and, 
all  :I  want  Is  an  outline  sketch.  :lf  you  would  kindly  allow  one  of  your 
draughtsmen  to  make  .me  an  out-line  sketch,  whiih  :I  .oan  have  'photo.engraved,  :I. 
shall  be  much  obliged  and  would  iPay  any  .reasonable  compensation  to  the  draught 
..  mail,  if  .necessary. 

'May.I  ask, of  you  to  kindly  tafce  the.  trouble  to  give  this  matter  your 
early  attention,  asd I  expect  to  .publish  the  book  the  .first  week  in 'Ma^  and 
:I  have  all  the  cuts  except  this. 

Yours  -very  thUly., 

Llewellyn  Park,  N.  .7. 

Dear  Sir:  If  you  will  sen!  us  cut,  with  a 
brief  description  of  your  new  Method  of  Making  Phonogram-Blanks, 
before  it  appears  in  any  other  publication,  wo  will  publish  it  in 
The  Paper  World,  as  reading  matter,  free  of  charge. 

Yours  truly 

The  Edison  United  Manufacturing  Company, 

65  Fifth  Avenue, 


A.  0.  Tate  Esq.., 

Orange,  N&  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  16th  Inst.  In-  regard  to  Mr.  Edison's  phonomotor  is 
duly  received,  and  I  beg  to  thank  you  for  the  same.  I  am  sorry  you  have  been 
unable  to  assist  me  on  this,  but  I.  wjll  try  to  obtain  the  tut  elsewhere. 

April  27  th ,  1880. 

^  -■n,  ~$_J 

Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 

,o  .  Referring  to  our  former  request,  that  you  kindly. furnish 
us,  for  our  forthcoming  work,  "THOUGHTS  FOR  YOUNG  MEN  \  some  sug- 
q«10«8hW1UC+i Wquld  b8.U80ful  to  young  men  about  starting  in  busi- 
”®!3’  t°  the -community  at  large,,  we  would  say  that  we  fear  we 
did  not  state  with  sufficient  detail  what  we  would  like  to  have  you 
do  •  ,,Wo  !1xdJ.u6J.-nt'enbibn  of  m«klnS  serious  inroads  upon  your  timo, 
ohat  in  ao°  to  500  words,  or  the- compass  of  on  or- 
ainaiy  letter,  you  could, make  some  suggestions  which  would  be  help- 

_  Uf®  have  been  honored  by  contributions  from  Mr.  Charles 
Pratt,  of  the  Standard  Oil  Oo.,  Mr.  0.  W.  Doane  of  J.  A.  Fay  &  Co. 

/r t  i’J'  tittie,  of  the  immense  printing  house  bearing 
his  name,  Mr.  Job  H.  Jackson,  of  Jackson  &  Sharpe,  car  builders 
^wn£t0n:  De}->  Hon.  Abrrnn  S.  Hewitt,  ox -Mayor  of  New  York,  aAd 
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?,L™: Tr0t  Hrotestant  Episcopal  Bishops  of  Delaware  and  of 

3f«+  York’  -2nd  many  others;  and  we  hope  that  we  may  add  to 

what  they  have  said  some  good,  sound  common  sense  remarks  from  you. 

Hoping  to  have  the  pleasure  of  hearing  from  you  at  an 

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p.., w. j.  44  _ Usiisth, _ 

Mr#  A#  E#  Konnelly, 

Edison* s  laboratory. 

Orange,  N#  J«  . 

Dear  Sir;-- 

Mr.  Wirt  states  that  you  arc  doairoua  of  publishing  some 
data  on  zinc  sulphate  which  has  been  worked  up  incidentally  during 
the  meter  test.  1  presume  in  giving  me  this  memoranda  he  has 
reference  to  the  probability  of  the  publication  of  an  Edison 
journal  beginning  perhaps  July  1st,  and  our- desire  that  if  this 
journal  is  published  it  'shall  contain  as  many  original  articles  of 
value  by  Edison  contributors  as  can  be  secured. 

If  an  arrangement  can  be  made  by  which  anything  of  this 
kind  would  come  to  the  office  withthis  idea  in  view,  we  would  be 
glad  to  secure  this  particular  article  when  you  are  ready  tB  pub¬ 
lish  it. 

Your sv/very  truly. 



Hotel  Normandie,  New  York. 


I  am  desirous  of  getting  a  letter 

from  you  on  the  possibilities  of  future  electrical  inventions  or 
some  subject  or  that  nature  for  our  syndicate*  I  enolose  you  one 
of  our  letters  to  show  you  the  form  in  which  we  get  them  up. 

Mr.  Henry  €*  Sommers  our  representative,  will  cell 
upon  you  at  any  time  and  place  you  designate,  and  will  -explain 
matters  more  fully  to  you.  If  you  make  up  your  mind  to  write  a 
letter  for  our  syndicate,  will  you  drop  me  a  line  and  Mr.  Sommers, 
will  call* 

If  you  are  too  busy  to  prepare- a  letter,  Mr.  Sonmers 
will  interview  you  and  write  out  the  interview  for  your  signature. 

Yours  truly 

"ft  • 

ELrEgTRIg  LISj-lT  g®. 

Executive  Offices 

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Jiw  'fnnk,  Ju»°  ara. 

Mr.  A.  E.  Xennelly, 

Edison' s  laboratory. 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:-- 

In  answer  to  yours  of  May  16th,  which  has  waited  my  re¬ 
turn  from  a  vacation. 

I  presume  you  are  right  regarding  the  matter  of  publish¬ 
ing  the  article  on  zinc  sulphate  solution.  If,  however,  you  will 
bo  kind  enough  to  lot  me  see  it  when  completed  it  will  take  but  a 
short  time  to  determine  whether  the  scope  of  the  proposed  Edison 
paper  will  be  broad  enough  to  cover  it.  I  trust  this  enterprise 

may  be  started  very  soon,  and  shall  rely  upon  your  kind  co-opera¬ 
tion  in  many  ways,  hpping  that  by  working  together, the , active  men 
of  the  Edison  Companies  can  make  it  a  success. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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j  all  Communications  Strictly  Confidential 

Thomas  A.Edison,  Esq., 

■^(Williams  &  Moultons  • 




"The  Phonographic  Press"  is  the  name  of  a  proposed 
Philadelphia  periodical,  to  be  devoted  to  the  interests  of  stenog¬ 
raphers  and  type-writer  Operators. 

The  first  number,  which  will  doubtless  be  in  the  printers’ 
hands  by  the  latter  part  of  August,  we  waul'd  like  to  have  unusual¬ 
ly  bright  and  readable. 

With  this'  in’ view,  we  know  of  nothing  th at ^ would  add  greater 
interest  to  its  pages  than  a  contribution  from  Thomas  A.Edison. 

Mr.Henry  H.Unz,  who  tells  me  he  has  had  some  business  dealings 
with  yourself,  suggests  that  it  is  quite  possible  you  could  do 

When  v/e  state  that  some  of  the' leading  stenographers  have 
promised  their  literary  assistance,  and  that  we  now  have  in  hand 
interesting  le  tters  from  Hon.  John  Wanamaker,  Hon.John  J.Ingalls, 
Hon. Samuel  J. RandaU,  Judge  Thomas  M.Cooley,  and  others,  you  can 
see  that  anything  you  may  consent  to  write  would  not  ^>pear  in  bad 

Mr. James  O.Clephano,  of  the  Eastern  Pennsylvania  Phonograph 




-HCourt  and  Law  Reportings  ! 


I  all  Communications  Strictly  Confidential  j 

TELEPHONE  No.  2630.  ! 

^Williams  &  Moultons 



2*  lOIl.  18S9.  SM 

Company,  is  now  writ  ins  something  for  us  on  the  utility  of  the 
Phonograph  in  office  and  reporting  work,  so  that  we  already,  you 
"ill  observe,  have  in  store  for  our  readers  a  sketch  on  one  of  • 
your  inventions.  Indeed,  pertiaps  sanething  from  yourself  on  the 
Phonograph  would  be  as  interesting  as  anything  that  could  be  writ¬ 
ten,  and  we  believe  would  do  the  Phonograph  Company  good. 

Y/e  trust  that  you  can  see  your  way  clear  to  favoring  us  with 
something  interesting,  and  assure  you  tfiat  anything  you  can  send 
us  would  be  very  much  appreciated. 

Hoping  you  will  pardon  the  liberty  taken  of  thus  addressing 

Very  respectfully  yours. 

you,  i 

1  established  ISSS.  -)'  ,U!,V7  i  %'  l J  .•  / Special*  Advantages  fob  Sudsdrirtion  _ 
•A'  Y&Y  „/;  '  7^  OEH.RAL  AO«Hm 

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r  Jersey,  _ 

Dear  Sir:-  Wo  are  publishing  a  book  whioh  troats  of  groat. in¬ 
ventions  and  inventors.  Wo  should  like  to  have  in  this  volume 
a  goo^  portrait  of  your  self,  flan  you  direct  us  where  we  can  buy 
an  Electrotype  of  such  a  portrait?  wo  should  like  also  a  picture  of 
-the .Phonograph  or  the  Megaphone .  Any  information,  you-could  give 
us  on  these  points  will  be  appreciated.  An  early  reply  will  v. 
oblige  - 

Yours  Very -Truly,  -  .  (-; 

.  ■  Miller-Mogee  Company. 

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Ridge  sft.ce.,  Noble  and  Eleoenth  Sts., 

(pfifadefpfiia,  ...August .  1889. 


■Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:-'  Thanks,  for  yours'  of  the '8th  with  Photograph  ,  of  Edi-  ;/ 
son  and  a  photo,  which  we  suppose  is  a  Phonograph.  We  are  haying 

a  first  wood  engraving  made  of  the  portrait,  so  that  you  will  know . ~— 

hereafter  where  to.get  an  Electrotype  of  the  same  if  you  should 
want  it. 

We,  like  all  other  Americans  have  a  special  admiration  for  Mr, 
Edison, so  we  are  going  to  have  a  superior  engraving  made, 

Yours  Very  Truly, 

Miller-Megee  Company. 

Dictated  by 


JV[iixLer-]V[egee  Company, 

^publisl^er^prir)ters  ai>d^Bool1^Bir{dcrs, 
Ridge  Aoe.,  Noble  and  gleoenth  Sts., 

Philadelphia, ..,  18S 


Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.Edi son, 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:-  We  send  you  proof  of  the  out  made  from  the:  large 
Photograph  you  sent  us  of  Mr .Edison.  We  think  this  proof 'shows 
up  quite  as  well  as  the  best  portraits  of  eminent  men  in  Harper’s 
periodicals.  If  at  any  time  you  should  desire  an  Electrotype  of 
this  ih  Mr. Edison’s  interest, we  shall  be  glad  to  accomodate  you. 

Yours  Very  Truly, 

Millor-Megee  Company. 

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ROOM  71,  NO.  44  .WALL  STREET. 

. Sept. . 1.9..t.h,... 

Mr,  A.  .E,  Xennelly, 

Edison's  laboratory, 

Oraige,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  from  the  first  felt  that  your  report  to  th®  light 
Co.,  on  the  Conductivity  of  Wires  should  be,  in  a  large  part  at 
least,  published  in  the  electrical,  journals.  I  have  just  received 
Mr.  Johnson's  endorsement  of  this_idea  on  behalf  of  the  light  Co. 

X  presume  that  you  may  have'  a  preference  regarding  the 
publication,  as  I  believe  you  are  a  regular,  correspondent  of  one, 
at  least,  European  pspor,  and  I  have; suggested* that  it  might  be  to 
the  advantage  of  the  Co.  as  well  as -of  yourself  to  sendLthis 
matter  simultaneously  to  your  paper  in  london,  and  to  one  like  the 
•ELECTRICAL  WORLD*  which  will  be  liberal  enough  to  properly 
recognise  the  importance  of  the  subj®ct  hex®.  If  this  meets  your 
idea  I  Should  be  glad  to  review  vdth  you  either  the  whole  peper  0r 
such  portions  of  it  as  you  may  deem  particularly  suited  fbr 
publication,  and  possibly  suggost  a  method  of  bringing  the  matter 
favorably  to  the  attention  of  Mr.'  Martin  if  you  think  well  of 

having  it  appear  in  the  "WORLD, ■ 

Yours  v%ry  truly; 




-^tandnrdfeiiig  Bifj»ea«-3i- 

«'in  oa  I'-v.-i 

A.  E.  Xennelly,  Esq., 

Edison's  laboratory. 

Orange ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sdr:- 

I  have  yours  off  Sept.  20th.  So  far  as  the  subject- 
matter  of  your  report  is  concerned,  it  is  not  considered  that  any 
Part  of  H  would  be  prejudicial  to"  the  interests  of  the  light 
Company,  but  that  for  publication  it  would  be  better  perhaps  if 
you  were  to  condense  it  as  you  now  pmpose. "  We.  Judge  that  you  hav 
a  press  copy  of  the  report;  if  not,  we  will’send  the  original  MSS. 
any  timi*.  "  '  f" 

X  an  Particularly  anxious  to  see  the  curves  properly 
treated  in  the  published  account,  and  as  soon  as  you  are  prepared 
to  present  what  you  consider  best  for  publi cati  onvper^s  we.  pan 
arrange  to  spend  a  little  time  with  Mr.  Mark  of  "THE  WORLD"  ln 
reviewing  it.  This  would  afford  me  a  great  deal  of  pleasure  and 
also  of  instruction  as  I  have  not  yet  beetJ^^ffllf  §&r " 
whole  matter.  ‘  fci-  j.. 

Sept.  23,  '8£ 

Vours  very  truly,. 

Room  71,  44  Wall  Street, 

Now  York,  Sept.  28th,  1S89. 

A.  E.  Xennelly,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J, 

My  deal’  Mr.  Kennolly:.— 

The  enclosed  coifespondenco  with  Mr.  Martin 
of  the  ELECTRICAL  V/ORLD  will  indicate  what  has  been  done  in  the 
direction  of  publishing  your  revision  of  the  report  on  Conductors. 

I  trust  I  shall  be  in  the  City  when  it  is  convenient  for  him  to 
make  an  appointment  and  presume  that  this  will  be  the  case  if  the 
date  is  delayed  to  the  latter  part  of  next  week. 

It  is  a  satisfaction  to  me  to  note  what  he  says  as  to 
making  a  proper  arrangement  with  you  ibr  the  material.  This  is  en¬ 
tirely  logit inate  in  a  case  of  this  kind,  and  you  are  fully  entitl¬ 
ed  to  anything  for  which  a  mutually  satisfactory  arrangement  can 
be  made. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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3!y  dear  Mr.  Martin: ~ 

Ur.  fltioringor  has  ro for red  to  a  conversatio: 
vdth  you  as  to  tho  publication  of  Mr*  Kcnnclly's  paper  on  Condnet- 

•  suggest  that 

>  and  placo  ( pro  fb  rably  in  tho 

evening)  for  a  mooting  with  him  and  v/itli  mo  to  talk  it  over  and 
receive  tho  MSS.  which  I  have  already  notifiod  him  should  bo  re¬ 
vised  so  as  to  divest  it  of  the  detail  that  was  necessary  in  a 
report  of  experiments  but  which  would  bo  unsuitable  in  a  publisho 

trtide.  This  involves  a 

rablo  effort  on  his  part,  but  i 

pro sueio  you  will  consider  the  subject  matter  of  sufficient  import- 
-nco  to  justify  you  in  making  arrangements  satiofaotoiy  to  him, 
more  ospc  cl  ally  as  tin  article  will  bo  exclusive,  on  this  aido  of 
tin  ocean  at  least. 

An  early  app&intment  will  bo  mot  by  both  of  us.  Thoie 
oro  something  liko  a  dosen  curves  to  bo  made’. 

Yours  very  t inly , 

C.  Martin,  Esq., 

H.  Y.  City. 


5o, Albemarle  Street, 


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Enclosed  I  return  the  letter  of  Messrs. Scogor  &  Guernsey, 
togethor  with  a  letter  from  Mr.Jcnks  which  speaks  for  itsolf. 

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October  539,  18:;9. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Dear  Sir:-  1 

Allow  me  to  thank  you  sincerely 
for  your  contribution,  which  I  am  assured 

will  be  appreciated  by  the  public  at  its 
full  worth. 

On  looking  back  over  the  list  of  [ 

contributors,  I  find  that  the  honorarium  I 
/ituctly  f&c*. y'J'* 

nine"  pages  was  $100,00.  I  enclose  j 
a  cheque  based  on  the  name  estimate,  ^ 
If  you  have  been  put  to  any  extra  ex-  !> 
pense  or  inconvenience,  however,  in  con-  ! 

nectionrwith  the  preparation  of  the 
article,  will  you  kindly  let.  me  know 
and  I  will  endeavor  to  meet  it. 
Believe  me, 

With  much  respect, 

Very  truly  yours. 



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When  my  friend  asked  me  to  write  a  preface  to 
his  work  on  the  Phonograph,  I  was  not  sure  if  he  were  rea 

really  in  earnest  or  not,  as  it  seemed  to  m@  that  anything 
further  from  my  pen  would  only  appear  to  be  an  additional 
attempt  to  "Blow  my  own  trumpet.  "  X  am,  however,  assured 
that  the  public  will  not  look  upon  the  matter  in  this 
light  and  hence  my  appearance  in  trepidation  and  doubt 
in  this  apparently  necessary  part  of  a  book. 

I  am  not  going  to  say  anything  about  the  Phono¬ 
graph  except  that  I  am  satisfied  that  it  is  no  longer  a 
ohild  but  has  reached  man's  estate  and  is  fit  to  take 
it's  place  in  the  battle  of  business  arid^social  life, 
but  X  am  going  to  mention  several  facts'1  connected  with 

my  recent  trip  to  Europe.  ,  ,W;  ’  _  ,, 

X  determined  before  leaving  my  quiet  heme  at 
Orange,  on  this  real  voyage  of  discovery  -  feu:  _I  am  glad 
to  say  that  I  was  discovered  in  many  very  agreeable  and 

pleasant  ways  -  "ID  would  do  in  Rome  what  the  Rom  ns-  did'. " 
I  firmly  intended  to  conform  mys.elf  so/much-as  old  habitB 
would  permit  to  the  . customs  of  the  country  'in  ‘which  i 
should  find  myself  from  time  to  time.  This  led  me  into 
very  extraordinary  blunders  two  of  which  I  must  mention. 

I  arrived  in  Paris  from  Havre  late  at  night  and 
very  tired  and  hungry,  but  it  was  not  convenient  to 
others  for  me  to  satisfy  my  hunger  and  I  therefore  r®- 


tired  for  the  night.  In  the  morning  I  loroked  around 
for  my  usual  hearty  breakfast  but  alas  -  only  a  cup  of 
coffee  and  an  insignifioant  roll  -  Fancy  a  hungry  man 
trying  to  pursuade  himself  that  he  could  satisfactorily 
ward  off  the  pangs  of  hunger  with  such  trifleB  -  However, 
X  must  keep  to  my  resolution  and  therefore,  make  the  best 
of  it.  About  one  o'clock  some  one  told  me  that  what  X 
understood  to  be"dinnef"uwas  ..serViedand  as  such  a  desira¬ 
ble  event  did  not  require  poor  me,  more  than  one  summons, 
I  soon  found  myself  busily  occupied.  After  this  meal 
however,  I  was  much  astonished  to  learn  that  it  was  only 
"Dejeuner",  breakfast,  and  that  dinner  would  come  later 
on.  Just  a  little  after  five  I  was  again  told  that  some¬ 
thing  in  the  way  of  eating  was  shortly  to  trasnpire  and  I 
forthwith  adjourned  to  the  salle-a-manger,  prepared  for 
a  dinner  such  as  French-men  only  know  how  to  provide. 
Alas,  how  disappointing.  Nothing  but  tea  -  and  such 
weak  tea  and  toast  -  X  thought  this  waB  a  mighty  poror 
dinner,  but  still  I  was  in  Rome  &c.,  &e.  and  I,  "tell  it 
not  in  Gath",  did  myself  justice.  At  eight  o'clock  X 
heard  a  ringing  of  bells  and  a  general  scuffling  to  be 
compared  only  to  the  scene  that  would  be  enacted  lsy"  an 
alarm  of  fire,  but  presently  all  was  still  -  after  the 
fire  came  the  calm.  A  waiter  opened  my  door  and  said, 
"Sir,  are  you  coming  to  dinner?"  "Dinner  said  X,  I- had 
my  dimer  about  five."  "Oh,  no  sir,  that  wasn't  dinner, 
that  was  'five  o'clock  tea.'" 

Then  again  in  Berlin,  I  experienced  an  equally 
comical  adventure.  X  was  at  the  house  of  my  go<od  friend 


Dr.  Siemans,  when  my  host  asked  me  if  I  would  like  some 
"bier".  Now  I  dont  drink  SB4,  but  I  was  in  Rome 
and  I  said  "Well  as  its  without  doubt  the  natural^ bever¬ 
age  -  and  1  dont  want  to  be  thought  disrespectful  I 
will."  Two  enormous  glasses  were  brought  in  -  one  was 
handed  to  the  Doctor  and. the  other  to  me.  Dr.  Siemens 
planted  one  foot  down  very  firmly  and  prepared  to  back 
himself  against  the  lot,  but  I  looked  round  for  my  com¬ 
panions  to  aBk  them  to  share  in  the  honour  -  thinking 
the  glass  was  for  several  persons. 

Dr.  Siemans  said,  "Drink  Mr.  Edison, " 

"Drink"  said  I,  "TShy  you  surely  dont  serve 
beer  in  tanks  and  expect  one  man  to  drink  all  that?" 

"Yes"  he  replied,  "its  quite  the  thing"  and 
exemplified  the  precept  by  emptying  his  glass.  I  do 
hope  the  Germans  will  not  think  that  1  am  unsympathetic, 
but  I  do  assure  them  that  the  next  time  I  visit  their 
country  I  will  finish  that  glass  of  beer. 

Now  having  so  far  accommodated  myself  to  oir- 
cum8tances,  I  have  much  pleasure  in  complying  with  the 
request  and  sign  myself 


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!.•  A?  Edison,  Esq;', 

(2^-  Aj^n/{ 

I  enclose  you  this  letter  from  Weeks?  You 
see  the  part  underscored  with  a  blue  line?  If  you  have  any  in¬ 
formation  upon  this  subject,  to  furnish  and  will  put  me  in  a  way 
where  I  can  reach  it  I  will  be  very  much  obliged?  Vlso  please 
remind  Mr?  Tate  to  send  the  photographs  to  Mr?  Weeks? 

Yours  very  truly,  1 

(//le^tAyo  vrNY 

General  Agent? 


Edison  Electric  Light  and  Power  Company, 

Dictated.  Kansas  City,  Nov.ll,  1889. 

Mr.  W.  Preston  Hicks, 

#44  Wall  St. ,  New  York  City. 

My  dear  Mr.  Hicks: 

I  have  written  to  Mr.  Edison  suggesting. :.t,hat 
the  promised  phonograph  discussion  be'  upon  "The  Five  Wire  System" 
of  which  you  remember  he  gave  us  a  brief  account  on  the  occasion 
of  our  last  visit.  You  will  readily  see  the  fcfalue  of  a  discussion 
upon  this  topic  to  the  Edison  interests  in  the  West,  distances 
being  a  more  important  factor  in  central  station  distribution  in 
western  cities  where  business  is  widely  scattered. 

I  intend  to  publish  a  series  of  biographical  sketches 
of  prominent  electrical  men  in  some  of  the  leading  western  dailies 
and  hope  that  you  will  be  able  to  furnish  me  some  unm:bjlished 
material  in  regard  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Please  remind  Tate  of  the  photograph  with  signiture 
promised  me  by  Mr.  Edison  and  also  kindly  bear  in  mind  the  two 
dolls  for  Ohristmass. 

In  compliance  with  your  request  I  suggested  to  Mr.  Grimes 
that  he  write  you  regarding  the  stock  placed  by  him.'  I  suppose 
you  have  heard  from  him  ere  this.  . 

Hoping  to  hear  from  you  at  an  early  date,  I  remain  as 


Yours  very  truly, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  an  inquiry  from  one  of  our  correspondents  asking  for 
the  address  of  the  manufacturer  of  the  Edison  magnetic  concentra¬ 
tor.  Can  you  furnish  us  with  this  information  or  have  you  not  yet 
made  arrangements  to  manufacture  the  machine?  At  the  same  time 
we  would  he  greatly  pleased  if  you  would  send  us  information  of  the 
progress  you  are  making  with  this  machine  and  if  you  have  recently 
made  any  new  and  interesting  experiments  with  it. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 
Orange,  N,  J, 

Dear  Sir  { 

I  have  a  letter  from  Mr,  Weak®,  of  Kaneae 
City,  in  which  he  says  i  -  *Will  Edison**  phonograph  diseueaion 
•be  upon  the  five  wire  system?  Till  write  up  a  biographieal 
•sketch  of  Edison  and  Bend  you  copy  of  the  paper*.* 

Please  let  me  know  whether  your  discussion  will  be  five 
wire  or  not,  so  that  I  can  write  Mr.  Weeks. 

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United  Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 


N  ew  YORK, _ December  11,  1888 , 

Thos..  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park,  Orange,  N.J. 

’  Sir:  — 


There  has  been  a  pretty  lively  time  over  your  article 
in  the  North  American  Review,  at  the  Chicago  Club.  You  may  be  in¬ 
terested  in  the  action  of  our  representatives  in  the  matter.  Kind 

ly  return  the  letter,s^^^  . 

A  v  Truly  yours. 

■J-  i 



The  Evening  News. 

'I'. A.  Sdison, 

New  York  City. 
My  Hear  sirt- 


vou  and  the  writer  of  this  used  to  meet  every  after¬ 
noon  at  The  Detroit  Free  Press  office  away  back  in  -oa  or*03-you 
after  papers  for  your  Grand  Trunk  train  and  i  with  my  „hrt  after 
papers  for  tf.ii. Tunis, the  Detroit  news  dealer. 

I  have  been  greatly  interested  in  you  ever  sihce, feeling  that 
to  a  certain  extent  we  were  and  are  old  frienda.  McKenzie, the  tele- 

The  Evening  News, 


. 188 

graph  operator— of  course  you  know  him— told  me  several  yearsago 
the  story  of  how  you  came  to  be  an  operator.  The  writer  of  the 
inclosed  article  denies  the"heroie  story", as  you  will  se  e, and -yet 
that,  it  the  story  McKenzie  told  me.  Who  is  right? 

I  will  be  exceedingly  glad  to  hear  from  you  and  see  you 
should  you  at  any  time  be  in  our  city. 

Respectfully  yours, 



Mu>  ?br7(!.....D.e.ft,t-MJ,.-1889 .  28 

Thomas  A.‘Edison,-Esq.-,-. 

Dear  Sir  s 

I  return,  herewith,  the -data  sent  me.  fi^Mr?  Weeks  * 
biography,  I  had  three'  copies  made.  'One  I  . sen-y  to  Mrv  Weeks. 
The  other  two  I  shall  retain -for  future;  i 
'  Very  truly  yours* 



H  EDISON  ♦  ITJ.TTMINItTTNn  *  mMP  rtxmrc  k_ 

A.  I.  Kennelly,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

Orange,  H,  J*  . 

Doan-  Sir*  — 

X  enclose  tho  fir  at  galley  proofs  of  the  Minutes  of  the 
Association  « attaining  part  of  your  article  on  the  heatii®  of 
Conauotox*.  Ve  will  send  you  tho  remainder  Just  as  soon  as  the 
same  are  received* 

Inasmuch  a*  thee#  proofs  mart  be  returned  to  the  printer 
hoforo  wo  can  get  any  more  proofs,  as  the  pages  must  be  printed 
as  they  go  along,  it  would  expedite  matters  if  jou  could  read  over 
these  proofs  aid  return  as  soon  aa  possible* 

Yours  very  truly. 

E Nr. I  KEEKING  : 

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December  29th <?/&)$?■ 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esqr. 
Llewellyn  Park  N..T 
Dear  Sir, 

I  enclose  an  extract  from  to-day's  N.Y.  Sun  ,  which  may 
interest  you  as  X  have  mentioned  your  name  ,  as  being  the  only 
originator  of  electric  light  scheme#  ,  that  has  planeda  method 
which  is  safe  and  permanent,  or  in  any  way  similar  to  the  excellent 
arrangements  now  in  progress  in  London,  which  I  describe 

I  wrote  the  article  for  the  "  Sun  '■  but  they  have  put  it  in  tfe 
form  of  a  letter,  I  suppose,  because  I  have  included  porsonal  mat¬ 
ter  into  the  matter,  in  endorsing  your  schene  of  electric  lighting. 

Yours  Truly 



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files  of  electrical  papers  we  find  that 
we  can  secure  a  complete  bound  set  of  "The  American  Gas  Eight 
Journal,"  the  only  perfect  file  known  to  be  in  the  market,  for 
$4,  00  per  volume. 

Also  complete  set  of  the  “London  Journal  of  Gas  lighting" 
44  volumes  bound,  and  4  volumes  unbound,  for  $8.00  and  $6,00  per 
volume  respectively. 

Mr,  Johnson  desires  that  I  inquire  if  you  have  a  full 
complement  of  this  sort  of  literature.  If  not,  and  if  you  would 
like  to  get  them,  wo  will  buy  them  for  you. 

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Dear  Sir, 

Vie  have  pleasure  in  forwarding  you  under  separate  cover 
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afford  us  much  pleasure  to  receive  your  esteemed  instructions  to 
add  it  to  our  list. 

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and  we  shall  be  glad  if  you. will  complete  it  and  return  it  to  us 
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Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  IT.  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

Dec. . 11th., . 

Copy  of  initial  number  of  "Electrical  Industries"  is  sent 
you  by  this  mail  with  our  compliments.  The  directory  features 
have  been  prepared  with  much  labor,  and  it  is  our  intention  to  pub¬ 
lish  them  monthly,  as  an  adjunct  to  a  thoroughly  practical  paper. 

V/e  should  esteem  it  a  great  favor  to  receive  from  you  some 
expression  as  to  your  opinion  of  the  publication,  and  the  vrork  it 
has  undertaken. 

Hoping  to  be  favored  with  an  early  reply,  we  are. 

Yours  very  sincerely. 

Electrical  Industries  Pub.  Co. 




electrical  industries  publishing  CO. 



Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Now  Jersey, 
Dear  Sirj- 

. Dec.  ...3Qth, . y&Q 

Your  kind  favor  of  the  21st  inst ,  duly  received  and  I 
than*  you  very  much  for  same.  I  shall  take  much  pleasure  in  send- 
ing  you  regularly  a  copy  of  the  journal  and  trust  it  nay  continue 
to  meet  with  your  approbation. 

X  have  received  most  highly  complimentary 'letters  from  many 
other  of  the  leading  electricians  in  the  country,  including  Prof. 
Dlihu  Thomson,  Edwin  J.  Houston,  Allen  R.  Eoote  and  others.  I  pro¬ 
pose  in  the  January  :  sue  to  publish  a  few  of  these  letters  and  I 
shall  esteem  it  a  sp  ial  favor  if  I  may  be  permitted  to  publish 
yours  with  the  rest  Should  you  have  any  objections  to  my  s0  doing 
I  should  very  much  appreciate  it  if  you  would  let  me  know  at  once, 
as  we  are  on  the  point  of  going  to  press. 

Yours  very  sincerely. 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-89-12) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  membership  and  activities  in  social  clubs  and  professional  societies. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  regarding  meetings  and  other  events;  routine  printed  circulars, 
programs,  and  addresses. 



13  Burling  Slip. 

New  York,  February  i,  1889. 

I.  As  heretofore  announced  in  Circular  No.  1  of  1889  from  this 
office,  the  Filly-third  Meeting  of  the  Institute  (being  the  Annual  Meet¬ 
ing)  will  be  held  at  New  York  City,  beginning  Tuesday  evening,  Feb¬ 
ruary  19,  1889.  Mr.  Andrew  Carnegie  is  Chairman,  and  Mr.  Wm.  JET. 
Wiley,  15  Astor  Place,  to  whom  communications  concerning  the  ses¬ 
sions,  rooms,  etc.,  should  be  addressed,  is  Secretary  of  the  Local 

Hotel  headquarters  will  be  at  the  Union  Square  Hotel  (including 
the  Hotel  Dam  adjoining,  in  which  the  Headquarters  Bureau  of  Regis¬ 
try  and  Information  will  be  open  during  the  meeting).  The  Union 
Square  Hotel  is  kept  on  the  European  plan.  The  prices  of  rooms  per 
day  (without  board)  are :  single  rooms,  $1.50,  $2.00  and  upwards  ; 
rooms  for  two  persons,  $3  and  upwards ;  "suites,  with  bath,  $5  and 

IL  The  provisional  programme  hitherto  announced  has  been 
changed,  thus  far,  in  one  particular  only,  namely,  in  the  arrangements 
for  Friday  morning.  The  programme,  as  it  now  stands,  is  as  follows  : 

Tuesday,  February  19m 

Evening, . .  Opening  Session. 

Wednesday,  February  20TH. 

Morning  and  Afternoon. — General  Excursion  to  the  Spiral  Weld 
Tube  Works  and  the  Edison  Laboratory  at  East  Orange,  N.  J.,  with  a 


Charcoal  Iron  Workers. 


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Oralvge;-  N.-J.- 

Dear  Sir:  ! 

I;  have:  mailed  you:  copy  of  our  Journal  in-  v/hloh  I: 
have:  endeavored  to-  express'  the:  gratification-  we:  all  had  in- 1 
accepting  the:  oourtesies  tendered  the:  Association-. • 

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I  have  the  honor  to  inform  yon  that  you  have 
been  elected  a  Member  of  the  American  Institute  of 
Mining  Engineers. 

I  mail  you  herewith  a  pamphlet  containing  the  (Rules 
and  other  information. 

On  signing  the  accompanying  acceptance  and  returning 
it  to  me  with  ten  dollars,  dues  to  February,  18^0.  ,  your 
name  will  be  entered  on  the  list  of  Members  and  Associates 
of  the  Institute,  and  you  will  receive  all  the  Institute  publications 
of  the  current  year. 

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Thomas  A.  Edisohy.  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

X  notice  in  the  Electrical  World  of  March  30th  the  ad¬ 
vertisement  of  the  Empire  City  Electric  Co.  No.  15  Dey  St.  with 
officers,  O.E. Madden,  President,  and  E.T. Gillen,  Vice  president. 

X  notice  in  the  Electrical  Review  on  the  editorial  page  the 
statement  that  two  names  are  placed  in  nomination  as  President  of 
the  Electric  Club,  namely,  E.T. Gillen  and  O.E. Madden.  The  Empire 
City  Electric  Co.  seems  to  be  the  sole  source  from  which  the  Elec¬ 
tric  Club  can  draw  its  president. 

Yours  truly, 


To  The  Mk.mib:b.F2s  : 

?•  *  -i  Qelow  please  find  cun  abstract  from  my  Annual  Report  for  year 

ending  April  dd,  1889,  giving  the  membership  and  financial  standing  of  this 

Active  Members  on  roll  as  per  report  Aprils •  1 
Admitted  daring  year,  ... 
Reinstated  during  year,  ... 


Suspended  during  year, 

•e  members  on  the  roll  this  day,  332 

The  Following  Members  have  Received  Benefits  During  the  Past  Year: 

Yours  very  respectfully. 

E.  iJ, -BERG- E-REN,  Secretary, 

§  |  |  111  f 

The  Electric  Age. 

Devoted  to  Telegraphy,  Telephony,  Electric  Lighting  ami  all  Phases  of  Electrical  Development. 

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Dear  air; - 

The  Lotos  Club. 
New  York. 

October  15.1889. 

llr.  Somerville  has  handed  me  your  letter  of  the  9th.  instant  rela¬ 
tive  to  a  dinner  with  the  botos  Club. 

We  should  all  be  very  sorry  to  impair  your  digestion  in  any  way 
and  fully  appreciate  the  terrors  of  the  dining  campaign  through  which 
you  passed  during  your  recent  visit  to  France.  But  we  greatly  desire 
the  honor  and  pleasure  of  your  presence  at.  our  table  and  in  view  of  the 
respite  of  a  month  that  you  suggest  for  your  stomach  1  beg  to  ash  if 

the  twenty  third  of  November  would  be  a  suitable  date  for  the  proposed 
festivity.  It  is  a  tradition  of  the  Club  that  its  dinners  are  always 
given  on  Saturdays  and  the  one  1  have  named  will  give  you  the  full 
monbli  you  suggest  for  stmacliic  recuperation. 

Awaiting  your  response,  and  trusting  that  the  date  will  be  satis¬ 
factory,  I  have  the  honor  to  remain. 

Very  Respectfully  Yours,. 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 


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New  York. 

October  .3o.  1850. 

Dear  Sir: - 

The  Directory  of  the  Lotos  Club  instructs  me  to  ash  you  to  name 
tv/o  gentlemen  whom  it  woulc'.  please  you  to  have  us  invite  to  meet  you 
at  fiinner  on  the  23fi.  of  November.  Please  favor  me  with  the  names  not 
later  than  the  12th.  or  1.3th.  of  the  month  an 6  greatly  oblige, 

Very  Truly  Yours, 



New  York,  October_ _ 1889, 

Dear  Sir  : 

Mr.  Marvin  R.  Clark,  a  well-known  journalist  and  member  of  the  New  York 
Press  Club,  has  met  with  a  sad  and  terrible  affliction-the  loss  of  his  eyesight-a 
greater  calamity  can  scarcely  befall  any  man. 

Mr.  Clark,  while  in  the  prime  of  life  is  thus  deprived  of  the  power  to  obtain 
a  livelihood  m  his  profession ;  aside  from  the  physical  suffering,  and  the  terrible  doom 
of  being  shut  dut  from  most  of  the  pleasures'  of  life,  the  matter  of  mere  maintenance 
has  come  to  be  one  of  grave  import. 

The  undersigned  Committee  has  been  appointed  to  obtain  substantial  aid -for 
Mr.  Clark  and  invite  personal  contributions  to  alleviate  his  distress. 

In  furtherance  of  this  object  a  benefit  performance  has  been  arranged  at  the 
Star  Theatre,  to  take  place  on  the  evening  of  the  17th  of  November,  at  which  many 
celebrated  artists  will  appear. 

Contributions  may  be  sent  to  the  Treasurer  of  the  Committee,  Mr  John  C. 
Hennessy,  at  the  Press  Club,  I2o  Nassau  Street,  and  seats  or  private  boxes  for  the 
performance  may  be  had  of  the  Steward  of  the  Press  Club  where  the  plan  of  seats 
may  be  seen. 

JOSEPH  HOWARD,  Vice-Chain 
JOHN  C.  HENNESSY,  Treasur 
C.  FENN,  Secretary , 





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Menlow  Park,  N.«j. 

Dear  sir 

Mr.  E.  H.  Butler,  of  Buffalo,  N.Y.  haveing  full 
knowledge  of  your  relations  to  the  inventions  of  our  country 
and  full  confidence  in  your  ability  has  very  kindly  refered 
this  ASSOCIATION  to  you  and  requests  that  we  ask  you  to 
become  one  of  the.  original  organizers  free  of  expense  to  you, 
enolosed  please  an  extract  from  the  BUFFALO  NEW} s.  of  which 
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you  fix  time  and  place  where  a  committee  from  our  association 
can  interview  you  for  one  hourat  which  time  all  By  Laws  Buies 
and  regulations  will  be  laid  before  you,  hopeing  we  will  be 
favored  with  a  early  reply  we  are, 

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The  Inventors  League  of  U.  S.  ofA. 

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Dr.  WILLIAM  GILBERT,  1540-1603. 

Objects  of  propofed  Gilbert  Club. 


O  bring  out  an  Englilh  edition  of  Dr.  Gilbert1 
famous  work  “  De  Magnete ,”  as  nearly  a 
pofiible  in  imitation  of  the  fine  folio  editioi 
of  A.D.  1600.  The  work,  of  which  a  limitei 
number  of  copies  (fay  zoo)  are  to  be  printed 
to  be  brought  out  in  the  veiy  beft  ftyle;  am 
to  be  iffued  to  members  of  the  club,  whofe  fubfcriptions  will  defray 
the  coft  of  printing'.  The  value  of  copies  will  probably  rife  t< 
feveral  times  the  adtual  coft,  which  is  eftimated  not  to  exceec 
one  guinea.  A  very  limited  number  of  copies  to  be  offered  to  tin 
public  at  an  advanced  price,  fay  two  guineas,  to  leffen  the:  coft  tc 
members  of  the  club. 


|0  arrange  for  the  celebration  of  the  Gilbert  Ter 
centenary  in  the  year  1900,  for  which  the  club  wil 
furnifh  an  organization,  but  of  which  it  will  no 
neceffarily  attempt  to  bear  the  coft. 

In  orde: 

TN  order  to  carry  out  the  above  objects  it  is  propofed  to  found-  a 
"*•  body  to  be  called  The  Gilbert  Club.  A  limited  number  of 
invitations  to  join  this  aflociation  will  be  iflued  in  the  lirft  inftarice 
only  to  thofe  who  are  known  to  take  an  intereft  in  eledtrical 
literature,  in  the  writings  of  the  Elizabethan  period,  or  who  have 
fome  fpecial  or  local  reafons  for  taking  an.  intereft  in  the  work  of 
Gilbert  of  Colchefter. 

'T'HE  publication  of  “  De  Magnete  ”  not  only  marked  an  epoch 
in  the  fcience  of  magnetifm,  but  conftituted  the  abfolute 
ftarting-point  of  the  fcience  of  electricity.  It  has  been  hitherto  a 
reproach  to  Britifh  electricians  that  they  too  little  recognized  the 
merits  of  the  founder  of  the  fcience.  Dr.  William  Gilbert  not  only 
enjoyed  the  diftindtion  of  being  Phylician  to  Queen  Elizabeth  and 
to  James  I.,  but  was  alfo  Prefident  of  the.  Royal  College  of 
Phyficians.  His  refearches  on  the  magnet  brought  him  into  corref- 
pondence  with  all  the  learned  mien  of  Europe.  He  was  indeed 
pradtifing  the  experimental  method  of  inveftigation  before  Bacon 
wrote  about  it,  and  his  methods  and  dilcoveries  excited  not  only 
the  fneers  of  Bacon,  but  the  praifes  of  Galileo  and  of  Kepler,  and  of 
many  great  men  of  later  date.  No  Englilh  tranllation  of  this  great 
work  has  ever  yet  appeared.  Portions  of  fuch  have  now  been 
completed,  and  the  Gilbert  Club  is  propofed  as  a  fitting  means  of 
bringing  out  the  whole  tranllation  in  a  manner  worthy  of  the  man 
and  his  work. 

TT  is  not  intended  to  raife  any  fubfcriptiqns  other  than  for  the. 

•  purpofe  of  fubferibing  the  edition  of  « De  Magnete and  for 
covering  the  expenfes  of  portage  and  circulars,  &c.  Should  a 
Tercentenary  Fund  be  raifed,  it  will  be  kept  entirely  feparate  from 
the  prefent  contemplated  expenditure,  and  no  member  of  the  Club 
will  be  under  any  obligation  to  contribute  to  it. 

^pHE  Inaugural  Meeting  of  the '  Club  will  be  held  (by  kind 
A  permiffion  of  the  Council)  on  ThUrfday,  November  28th,  1880,' 
at  4.30  p.m.,  at  the  rooms  of  the  Society  of  Arts;  John  Street; 
Adelphi,  W.C.,  for  the  purpofe; of  conftituting  the  Club  and  the 
Eledtioni  of  a  Provifional  Committee  and  Officers.  .  ~ 

THE  following  have  already  confented  to  become  members  of 
the  Club : — •' 

Sir  William  Thomson,  F.R.S.L.  &  E.,  &c. 

Prefident  of  the  Injlitution  of  EleElrical  Engineers. 
Jonathan  Hutchinson,  Esq.,  F.R.S. 

Pr eft dent  of  the  Royal  College  of  Surgeons. 
Right  Hon.  Lord  Rayleigh,  Sec.  R.S.,  &c.  '  : 

Profeffor  of  Phyfcs  at  the  Royal  Injlitution. 
Professor  A.  W.  Reinold,  F.R.S. 

Prefident  of  the  Phyfical  Society. 

Professor  John  Tyndall^  F.R.S. 

Sir  John  Lubbock,  Bart.",  F.R.S. 

Sir  Douglas  GAlton,  K.C.B.,  F.R.S. 

Sir  David  Salomons,  Bart.,  M.A. 

Professor  D.  E.  Hughes,  F.R.S. 

Professor  A.  W.  Rucker,  F.R.S.  • 

Latimer  Clark,  Esq^,  F;R.S. 

Henry  B.' Wheatley,  Esq.,  F.S.A.  ' 

Dr.  Henry  Laver,  F.S.A. 

„  W.  H.  Preece,  Esq.,  F.R.S. 

Professor  J.  Perry,  FiR.S. 

_C.  E.  Spagnoletti,  Esq.,  M.I.E.E. 

Professor  G.  Forbes,  F.R.S. 

Y OU  are  kindly  requefted  to  fill  up  and  return  the  enclofed  form, 
which  is  iffiied  perfonally. 


Hon.  Secs. 
■  pro  tem. 

The  fol- 

Matters  to  be  brought  before  the  Gilbert  Club 
at  its  Inaugural  Meetings  Nov.  2,8,  1889. 

1.  Election  of  a  Prefident,  Vice-Prefidents  and  Treafurer. 

2.  Eledtion  of  a  Council  for  the  current  year. 

3.  Eledtion  of  Honorary  Secretaries. 

•1-  To  determine  what  fum,  if  any,  fhall  be  called  up  as  a  contribu¬ 
tion  at  the  prefent  time,  and  what  provifion  need  be  made 
for  the  future. 

[N.B. — A  propofition  will  be  fubmitted  that,  as  a  firft 
fubfcription,  each  Member  fhall  contribute  one  guinea;  and 
that  no  further  call  be  made  until  the  Englifh  Edition  is 
adtually  completed  and  ready  for  iflue.  A  fecond  propofition 
will  be  fubmitted  that  it  is  definable  that  none  of  the  funds 
of  the  Club  be  devoted  to  the  coft  of  the  Tercentenary 
Celebration  in  1900,  but  that  when  the.  time  draws  near 
a  fpecial  Tercentenary  Fund  be  raifed  by  the  voluntary 
contributions  of  Members  of  the  Club  and  of  others,  for  that 
purpofe.]  . 

5.  To  confider  whether  it  is  expedient  to  include  in  the  Englifh 

Edition  of  Be  Magnete  a  memoir  of  the  life  and  work  of 
Dr.  Gilbert,  or  a  reproduftion  of  the  engraved  portrait. 

6.  To  confider  a  draft  of  a  circular  to  be  fent  out  in  the  name  of 

the  Club  to  fundry  Britifh  and  European  Libraries  with 
enquiries  about  certain  points  in  relation  to  Gilbert  and'  his 

7.  To  appoint  an  Editorial  Committee. 

bert  OF  COLCHES¬ 


the  great  magnet  the  earth  $  a  new  Phyfi- 
ology,  demonjlrated  by  many  ar¬ 
guments  Sc  experiments. 






How  polarity  exifts  in  any  hardened  iron,  not 

excited  by  a  magnet. 

Itherto  we  have  declared  the  natural  and  innate  cauies 
and  the  powers  acquired  by  means  of  the  ftone:  but 
now  the  caufes  of  magnetic  virtues  in  hardened  iron, 
not  excited  by  the  ftone  are  to  be  inveftigated.  Magnet 
and  iron  .Ihow  and  difplay  to  us  wonderful  fubtilities. 
It  has  often  been  demonftrated  before  that  iron  not  excited  by  a 
ftone  is  borne  north  and  fouth;  but  alfo  that  it  has  polarity,  that  is 
it  has  the  proper  and  Angular  polar  diftindtions  juft  as  a  magnet  or 
a  piece  of  iron  rubbed  with  a  magnet.  That  which  appeared  to  us 
at  firft  wonderful  and  incredible  is:  The  metal  of  iron  from  the  lode  is 
heated  in  the  furnace,  flows  out  of  the  furnace,  and  hardens  in  a  great 
mafs,  that  mafs  is  divided  in  great  workfhops,  and  is  beaten  out  into 
iron  rods,  from  which  again  the  fmiths  fafhion  very  many  tools, 
and  needful  implements.  So  the  fame  mafs  is  varioufly  worked  up 
and  tranfformed  into  many  fimilitudes.  What  then  is  that  which 

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Dear  sir,  .  ** 

1  herewith  return  sinned,  the  forms  of  the  I'tieosophical  Society,-  , 
am  thunk  you  for  the  same.  Please  say  to  Madame  uiavatsky  that 
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Yours  truly,  \  j 

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November  17,  1889,  at  the  Star  Theatre, 




OF  ORANGE,  N.  J. 

1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Employment  (D-89-14) 

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~:  ,W;ar  Inmill ,  - 

V/hen  I  was  in  your  office  on  Wednesday  last, 

I  observed  that  you  made  room  in  Schenectady  for  an  ambitious 
younc  man.  Here  is  a  letter  from  Mr.  0.  n.  Jja  Dow,  Dep't.  of 
Agriculture,  Washington,  in  regard  to  his  nephew,  who  appears  to 
be  an  exceptionally  brilliant  young  man.  Oan  you  not  give  him 
a  trial  at  your  Works?  Mr.  La  .bow's  earnestness  has  attracted 
me,  which  is  my  reason  ibr  referring  this  matter  to  you,  and  what, 
oyer  your  decision  may  he,  will  you  kindly  communicate  with  Mr. 

Yours  very  truly. 



friftwtnwnt  irf  Agriritltuw, 

^  |?tagl)hwfawt,ia4.  May  27th, 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Menlo  Park,  New  Jersey. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

You  do  not  remember  the  writer,  although  I  have  met 
you  several  times  during  a  somewhat  extended  telegraphic  experi¬ 
ence.  I  write  now  to  inquire  whether  you  have  some  position  in 

’  ••  f  "*  ,i:  ■  •  .,:!C 

your  laboratory  which  could  be  given  to  a  nephew  of  mine,  a  young 
man  of  twenty  or  twenty-one.  Please  do  not  regard  this  as  an  or¬ 
dinary  application  for  employment.  The  boy  knows  nothing  whatever 

<•  .  • ' :  •-  i  ■■  .<■„  ... 

of  my  writing  you.  He  is  a  marvel  of  meohanioal  geniUB,  as  1  could 

V"  "  •  •  v  '  '•  :':s  '  '  ■  ;  -•'.S'  .  - 

easily  prove  if  I  had  the  time  to  write,  and  you  the  time  to  read. 

He  is  especially  interested  in  the  subject  of  electricity.  That 
is  a  science  with  which  I  am  not  entirely  unfamiliar,  and  I  do  not 
hesitate  to  say  that  if  you  take  interest  in  the  development  of 
such  genius  as  I  know  he  possesses,  you  would  never  be  disappoint¬ 
ed  in  him.  He  has  already  devised  a  dynamo,  which  I  believe  has 
positive  merit.  He  lives  in  a  little  town  in  New  York  State, 
where  he  can  have  no  advantages  in  developing  hiB  genius.  Your 
people  in  Schenectady  must  have  heard  of  him,  for  he  received  an 


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offer  of  a  place  there,  but  was  taken  sick  when  about  to  go  and 
had  to  give  it  up.  It  seems  really  too  bad  that  he  should  not 
have  some  such  advantages  as  he  could  secure  with  you.  His  parents 
are  not  wealthy,  but  I  feel  sure  he  would  be  willing  to  work  for  a 
very  little  more  than  what  his  expenses  would  be  at  Menlo  Park. 

If  you  have  had  patience  enough  with  this  letter  to  read  it 
through  and  will  answer  it  I  shall  be  under  many  obligations,  and  1 
desire  to  emphasize  the  point  above  referred  to,  that  he  is  a  boy 
of  remarkable  genius,  in  fact,  of  marvelous  genius,  and  should  you 
be  able  to  help  him  in  his  ambition  to  develop  his  electrical 

talents - an  ainbition  which  is  in  his  thoughts  by  <iay  and  his 

dreams  by  night - you  will  have  contributed  that  much  towards  the 

future  of  a  man  who  some  day  will  surely  make  his  mark  if  given  an 
opportunity  now. 

Very  respectfully  yours. 

odUL  cUjlv  ruuxM  Jisur^ 

-Mn.  ov. 



June  7th,  1889. 

Mr.  A.  0.  Tate, 

Private  Secretary,  &o.. 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

Will  you  permit  me  to  thank  you  for  the  courtesy  of 
your  letter  of  the  6th  instant.  There  is  no  imnediate  hurry  for 
my  nephew's  employment.  As  I  said  in  my  letter  of  May  27th,  this 
is  by  no  means  a  routine  application  for  employment.  I  believe 
that  he  could  be  unusually  helpful  in  Mr.  Edison's  Laboratory,  and 
the  first  of  October  will  suit  as  well  as  at  present.  As  I  have 
already  said,  my  nephew  knew  nothing  whatever  of  my  writing  to  you, 
and  my  sole  motive  in  so  doing  was  prompted  by  a  desire  to  do  good 
to  a  fellow-man.  I  thought  it  a  pity  to  see  such  talents  as  I 
know  are  undeveloped  in  him  go  to  waste.  He  has,  within  the  past 
forty-eight  hours,  demonstrated, through  work  on  a  machine  which  I 
h^ve  patented  and  whioh  I  am  developing,  that  he  possesses  marvel¬ 
lous  mechanical  geniua,  and  I  know  that  if  you  good  people  at 
Orange  interest  yourselves  in  him  to  the  extent  of  letting  him  come 
to  your  Laboratory,  that  you  will  never- regret  it.  I  can  furnish 

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you  with  abundant  evidenee  of  my  own  reputation,  and  after  I  have 
established  that  with  you  1  will  stake  it  all  upon  the  statements 
I  have  made  in  this  letter. 

Sincerely  yours, 


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offered  this  ymng  man  ten  dollars  a  week  to  oome  here  and  take 
charg e  of  the  door  down  stairs,  and  in  addition  to  that,  take  up 
th-e  work  which  young  Miller  has  been  doing:  in  the  way  of  pricing 
orders,  receiving  and  dipping  goods  fto.,  so  as  to  relieve  Millei 
and  allow  hint  to  work  with  Randolph  on  the  books.  We  have,  in 
addition  to  the  Laboratory  books,  those  of  the  new  manufacturing 
o  once  ms  in  Rloomfi€Q...d,  and  Randolph  oannot  handle  it  all,  but 
ean  get  along  very  nicely  with  MilKer 'a  assistance,  an*  it. is, 
therefore,  necessary  to  relieve  the  latter. 

P.  8.  Young  Langford  will  come  for  $10 
per  week  as  soon  as  he  can  leave  his 
present,  place.  Erom  his  letter  1  think  he 
Samuel  insuli,  y,B  is  »  promising  youth. 


.  ■  H  ALFRED  E,  MATCH,  K- 



'  ri>Jlr9f, 

Baltimore....... _ June  28th,  1889..], 

Your  tolegi'am  just  receivod.  You  a  ddross'ed  if  to 
2220  II. Calvert  Street, and  for  this  reason  I  have  not  gotten  It 
until  now, as  there  is  noone  at  that  address  now, all  being  out  at 
Relay  as  stated  in  my  last  letter.  I  am  exceedingly  sorry  to  say 
that  I  cannot  take  the  position  at  Edison's  just  yet  for  the  reason 
that  my  present  employer  Mr '.Hatch  forith  whom  I  have  been  for  about 
throe  and  a  half  or  four  months')  is  going  away  tomorrow  or  next 
day  and  is  going  to ' leave  his  office  in  my  charge, and  I  of  course 
would  be  doing  him  a  very  great  injustice  in  leaving  him  now  and 
spoiling  all  his  arrangements.  I  will  bo  very  much  pleased  though 
to  accept  the  position  upon  his  return  to  Baltimore  about  the  20tlr 
or  22nd  of  July, and ,if  £ho  position  can  be  hold  open  until  that;  tim 
-o  X  would  bo  only  too^lad  to  come  on  and  take  it.  • Please ‘advise 
mo  whether  or  not  I  can  get  it  then  -  say  the  22nd  or  23rd  ^  July. 

I  appreciate  your  kindness  in  getting  me  such  a  poMlon  very 
much, and  am  very  sorry  to  have  to  refuse  it  whog^  jjOpr  od , but 

o?ces(J;hat  I  would 
'by  putting  him  to  a 
!uld  algo  look  very  bad  on 
loping  to  hear  from  you  in 

you  will  HKdErakand  see, that  under  these  ci] 
be  doing  very  wrong  in  leaving  Mr  Hatch, bo] 
great  deal  of  trouble  and  delay,; 
my  part  in  leaving  him  in  such 
regard,  to  the' matter  before  l! 

•o  Yours  sinceraly, 

lewellyn  Park, 

Orange  Co.,  N.  j. 

I  must  ask  your  pardon  for  not  giving  a  mors  prompt  \ 
reply  to  your  kind  proposition  which  was  made'  to  raw  some  days  aWT  1 

1  ap^f0iate?  very,  highly  your  kind  offer,  and  gave  the  same,my  j 

consideration,  in  connection  with  several  other  proposition^ 
W^i0h  been  raade  me*  1  had  I*011,  and  still  have,  a  grlat  deair 
of  confidence  in  the  plan  that  you  proposed',  but  the  visible'fmslhs'  44 
of  immediate  revenue  were  considerably  less  than  what  was  offered  -"V 
me  from  other  sourees.  a  (\  4  / 

„  J?  Johnson,  with  whom  I  have  been  so  long  asso&itedHn  4 
business,  finally  made  me  a  proposition  which  it  deemed  to  me  was  '■ 

40SW  interes£  ,t0  accept,  and  as  we  have  been  personally  con¬ 
nected  in  business  for  many  years,  I  felt  that  it  was  the  best 
thing  for  me  to  do  under  the  circumstances'.  '  1 

I  should  have  appreciated  very  highly  the  opportunity  of 
becoming  personally  connected  with  you  in  some  of  your  exterprises 
and  feel  that  if  I  could  have  tided  oyer  the  present  emergencies 
future*1011  8  °0nnecti0n  *ould  been  af  large  advantage  in  the 

tha  tj..  m  *  yruft .  you  wil1  ao,t  forget  my  long  connection  with 

the  Edison  Electric  light  business,  and  that  inasmuch  as  X  am  not 
aeparated  from  it,  that  you  may  still  have  me  in  mikd 
when  matters  of  importance  arise* 

4.—  t  t.  Again  thanking  you  for  your  very  kind  and  thoughtful  of¬ 
fer,  I  have  the  honor  to  remain  ' 

Yours  very  sincerely, 



edison;s  phonograph  co., 

GdISON  f?OUSE  “  B,”  no^WHUMBEI^LiAND  flVENUE,. 


20th  July  1889. 




Dear  Sir, 

I  duly  came  into  possession  of  Mr  Tate's  letters  of  date 
26th  June  &  6th  July,  the  former  enclosing  First  of  Excahnge  on  London 
for  the  sum  of  Twenty-five  pounds  (say  £25)  being  amount  of  money 
advanced  by  me  to  Mr  Osgood  S.  Wiley  whilst  in  London,  and  the  second 
letter  enclosing  Second  of  Exchange  of  the  above  draft. 

I  have  seen  Mr  Tate  here,  and  thanked  him  for  all  the  trouble  and 
interest  he  has  taken  in  this  subject,  and  this  is  to  acknowledge  the 
receipt  of  your  letters  and  the  draft,  and  to  thank  you  most  sincerely 
for  returning  me  the  money  so  promptly 

With  repeated  kkax  and  heart-felt  thanks  for  your  great  and  ever 
to  be  remembered  kindness  in  this  matter, 

Bel 'eve  me, 

B&ithfully  Yours. 

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Mr  Tate. 

Edison' s  Laboratory, Orange.N. J. , 

My  Daar  Tatet- 

Bnclosed  herewith  please  find  an  application  for 
position  in  the  Bdison  Laboratory  by  Herbert  B.Coho,  of  Lancaster, 
Pd»  Whari  I  was  last  at  Orange,  during  an  interview  with  Mr  Bdison 
1  Spoke  of  this  young  man,  and  ha  told  me  to  hareAfile  an  applica¬ 
tion,  and  that  if  a  vacancy  occurred  where  he  could  use  a  green  man 
hr  would  gif «  it  consideration. 

X  send  the  application  direct  to  you  believing  that  you 
?U1  take  the  trouble  to  call  Mr  Bdisons'  attention  to  the  applica¬ 
tion,  should  you  have  Occasion  to  use  a  new  or  green  man.  This 
young  fellow  is  a  son  of  one  of  the  directors  of  the  Lancaster  Bdi¬ 
son  Co  is  at  present  engaged  as  clerk  in  the  County  Nat'l  Bank,  is 
bright,  willing  to  work  and  particularly  anxious  to  have  some 
practical  experience  in  the  eletric  field,  he  will  come  to  Orange 
at  any  time  you  might  want  to  talk  with  him  or  examine  him  as  to 
his  qualifications  for  any  position  you  might  want  to  place  him  in. 

If  you  will  give  this  matter  pdrdonal  attention  you  will  confer  a 
special  fafor  upon 

Tours  Sincerely. 

Chicago,  Milwaukee  &  St.  Paul  Railway. 

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1889.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  (D-89-15) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about 
fcdison  s  family.  Some  of  the  letters  are  by  Edison’s  daughter,  Marion  who 
was  traveling  in  Europe.  There  are  also  letters  from  Edison’s  dentist,  Advil  B. 
Ely,  and  requests  from  various  relatives  for  money  or  personal  favors  In 
addition,  there  is  a  list  of  vital  statistics  for  Thomas  and  Mina  Edison,  prepared 
for  their  passport  applications. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Orange,  New  Jersey  . 

Dear  Sir:- 

.1  beg  to  acknowledge  yours  of  the  21st  Inst., 
enclosing  check  for  $160.,  In  parent  of  premium  upon  bond, 
issued  on  your  behalf,  as  administrator. etc.,  for  which 
.  please  accept  thanks. 

Herewith  is  a  receipt  f  cr  the  same. 

Very  truly  yours, 


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Mrs*  Edison,- 

Major  Raton  is  going  to  procure  for  s._ 
yotirself  and  Mr.  Edison  United  States  Passports,  for  use  abroad. 

In  obtaining  these  from  the  State  Department  it  is  necessary  to 
,|hniish.  a  complete  description  of  the  persons  for  whom  they  are 

I  enclose  ..herewith  a  Passport  which  was  issued  to  Major 
Eaton  in  18fw,  on  the  left  hand  side  of  which  you  will  find 
enumerated  the  particulars  as  to  appearance  &c.  which  must  yg 
endorsed  on  all  Passports. 

Major  Eaton  ashed  me  to  obtain  for  him  the  necessary  infor¬ 
mation  regarding  Mr.  Edison  and  yourself  and  to  mail  it  to  him 
to-day.  It  is  now  too  late,  however,  to  do  this  to-night,  and  if 
you  will  kindly  send  me  the  necessary  particulars  the  first  thing 
to-morrow  morning,  I  will  send  a  special  messenger  with  the  de¬ 
sired  information  to  New  York. 

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1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Real  Estate  (D-89-18) 

i  j  TWs  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  purchase  and  sale  of 
land  and  buildings.  The  letters  concern  the  acquisition  of  land  in  Bloomfield 
and  Silver  Lake,  NJ.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by  George  P  Kingsley 
Edison’s  real  estate  lawyer. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  and  maps  sent  to  Edison  by  individuals  wanting  to  buy  or  sell 
land  and  buildings. 

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1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Secretary  -  Tate,  Alfred  O.  (D-89-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Alfred  O.  Tate’s  role  as  Edison’s  private  secretary,  along  with  occasional  items 
pertaining  to  Tate’s  private  life.  Letters  addressed  to  Tate  in  his  capacity  as 
Edison  s  secretary  or  representative  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject 
categories  are  generally  filed  in  this  folder.  Most  of  the  material  deals  with 
routine  business  and  legal  matters.  All  of  the  documents  that  provide 
significant  information  about  Edison  or  his  companies  have  been  filmed. 
Letters  addressed  to  Tate  that  deal  with  a  specific  subject  or  the  business  of 
a  particular  company  can  be  found  in  their  appropriate  subject  folders. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The  following 
categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  correspondence 
relating  to  accounts,  equipment  orders,  and  stock  transfers;  meeting 
announcements;  bills  and  receipts;  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgement- 
items  relating  to  Tate’s  private  affairs,  such  as  his  membership  in  various  clubs 
and  societies. 

Also  not  filmed  is  a  set  of  transcribed  cablegram  messages  pertaining  to 
the  domestic  and  foreign  phonograph  business.  The  cablegrams  were  originally 
exchanged  m  coded  form  among  Edison,  Tate,  and  Samuel  Insull.  The 
messages  were  subsequently  decoded  and  transcribed  by  Edison’s  staff. 
Photocopies  of  these  transcribed  messages  have  been  filmed  in  D-89-59 
(Phonograph  -  Edison’s  Phonograph  Company),  D-89-61  (Phonograph  - 
Foreign  -  Mexico),  and  D-89-64  (Phonograph  -  Talking  Doll) 

[CA.  JANUARY  1,  1889] 


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Orange  N .  J . 

Dear  Sir: 

Acknowledging  the  receipt  -<of  your  ’’personal  "latter  "the 
20th  instant,  I  have  ascertained  the  following  relative  to  the: 

.  Canadian  Electrical  Society.  *  < ■ 

It  meets  once  a  month  to  idinauss  -electrical  matters  gen¬ 
erally, Telegraph, Telephone  .ElectBic^ilighting  and  Medical  matters 
The  officers  are  > 

Dr  A.Lapthorn  Smith  "Brest. 

Vfm  Cassels  1st  Vice  jfcpet 
M.D.Barr .  2nd 
D. Cameron  Secty 
-  Walsh  Treasr 

An  executive  council  composed  of  John  Horne ,C.W.Hagar(Manaper  of 
the  Royal  Electric  Cojand  another  also  Jioid  offioB' 

Mr  Angus  Grant  ,  Supt  of  thB  threat  3tpi*h  VfeBtem  Tel  Co 
here  is  also  a  member  as  are  also  seyeralfgentlemen^n  connection, 
with  the  Bell  Telephone  Co.  Mr  Bar  tosTieve^takenan  active 
part  in  the  society  • 

I  have  been  expecting  to  havB ^pceived  from  you  an* order 
to  manufacture  a  phonograph  at  our  works  concluding  that  the  same 
— _done_ in^rdeiLt^proteot  the  Canaditm  patent.  In  Canada. 

'the  manufacture  of  a  patented  article  must  she  commenced  within 
two  years  from  the  date  of  the  granting  of  -the  rpateHt .  The  time 

for  the  manufacture  may  be  prolonged  six -months  at  a  time  by  the 
Minister  of  Patents  upon  sufficient  proof  being -given  that  the 
article  could  not  be  manufactured  before  the  expiration -of  two 
years.  Op  to  this  time  I  have  not  heard  f  rom  you  in  this  connect- 

-Ig*t  ”•  1  hwe  “  ,,0t0rl,  “a  "OK*"*  WtaM* 
Aand  will  guarantee  good  and  satisfactory  work 

Can  you  give  me  any  information  relative  to  this  matter^ 
If  at  any  time  I  can  be  of  service  to  you  in=this  aec- 
not  hesitate  to  command  me. 

Tours  truly 

J.  H.  McCI-EMENT, 
'  Agent  Manufg  Oept, 


Factory  at  Sherbrooke. 

Manufacturing  Department 


Q/l&M/'fiea/,  . March  4th~1889~ 

A.O.Tate  Esq.  C  >  ^ 

Orange  N.J.  0--j 
Dear  Sir:  C.  'S-D 

(  , 


I  am  In  receipt  of  yours  of  the  28th  ultimo.  I  jiote 
that  the  manufacture  of  the  phonograph  is  a  matter  directly  con¬ 
nected  with  the  North  American  Phonograph  Company.  Could  you 
not  have  the  matter  of  manufacturing  the  phonographs,  referred  to 
them/ or  would  you  give  me  a  Setter  that  I  may  see  them  on  my  ar¬ 
rival  in  New  York  about  the  early  part  of  next  week. 

My  reasons  for  agitating  this  matter  are  that  I  have  th*, 
competent  workmen  to  build  the  machines  and  aside  from  this  I  have 

been  repeatedly  asked  regarding  the  agency  and  also  the  manufact¬ 
ure  of  the  phonograph  in  Canada.  What  I  fear  is  that  somebody 
will  step  in  and  get  this*plum* 

One  party  in  particular  here; stated  to  me, and  I  believe 
that  his  statements  are  correct  so  far  as  I  have  been  able  to  as¬ 
certain^  that  there  would  be  little  or  no  difficulty  in  getting 
Mpital  for  a  Canadian  Company  and  further  than  that, there  Wb'dld  be 
a^demand  for  the  phonograph  after  its  manufacture. 

_ The  li^ht  work  at  the  shop  is  a  littje  s^ck  *t  present 


and  I  would  like  to  keep  several  of  the  men  that  are  there,  but 
shall  have  to  lay  them  off  if  I  cannot  make  some  outside  arrange¬ 
ments, and  this  undoubtedly  would  give  some  additional  work. 

Please  let  me  hear  from  j»u  if  possible  before  the  end 
of  the  present  week  that  I  may  take  such  action  as  may  suggest 
itself  on  receipt  of  your  reply .with the  North  American  Phonograph 


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Mr.  A.  n.  Tate, 

Edison’s  Laboratory, 

Orange,  ",  j. 

My  dear  Tate:  ' 

I  went  over  to  the  Laboratory  the  other  day,  more 
to  see  you  than  anybody  else,  and  was  disappointed  in  this  respect. 
The  glimpse  X  caught  of  you  as  I  was  going  to  the  train  was  all  the 
more  annoying. 

I  want  to  say  that  I  have  succeeded  in  tracking  down 
one  of  the  false  rumors  which  have  been  in  circulation  in  'Tew  York, 
1  8111  °»ly  n°w  waiting  to  hear  from  you  the  name  of  the  other 
party  who  started  the  second  rumor.  The  whole  thing  I  am  satis- 
-fied( exists  in  a  clique  which  has  been  jealous  more  or  less  of  my 
success  in  connection  with  phonograph  matters. 

To  my  great  surprise  on  reaching  New  York  I  learned  that 
Toppan  had  left  the  works,  and  also  Keller.  Well,  I  have  no  com¬ 
ments  to  make  on  that  -  still  at  tho  same  time  I  would  say  that  I 


am  in  thorough 
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Edison's  Laboratory,  Orange, N. J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  you  a  letter  which  I  obtained  from  .Major  Eaton  this 


X  also  enclose  you  the  substance  of  Iff. Edison's  obligation' 
as  to  filling  Gouraud's  orders.  This  was  also  handed  to  me  by  Major 

I  am  strongly  of  the  opinion  that  lit. Edison  should  send  a  . 
cable,  and  also  a  letter  such  as  Major  Eaton  outlines,  and  I  agree  ab¬ 
solutely  with  Major  Eaton  that  this  should  be  done  in  a  formal  manner.- 
It  is  much  better  in  a  case  of  this  character  that  there  should  be  no 
doubt  as  to  Mr, Edison ' s  intentions.  If  it  was  thought  necessary  to 
insert  the  paragraph  in  the  contract  in  so  decided  a  manner,  surely 
it  is  necessary  for  Iff. Edison  to  notify  Mr.Gauraud  that  he  is  ready  to 
fulfil  that  clause  of  the  contract  in  an  equally  decided  manner.  A 
year  from  now  the  interests  involved  may  be  enormous.  A  letter  which  - 
is  absolutely  clear  and  without  question  will  then  be  an  advantage 
should  we  find  it  necessary  to  abrogate  Iff. Gauraud's  rights  under  his 
contracts.  Please  show  tliifc  letter  to  Mr. Edison  and  get  the  cable  and' 

My  Dear  Mr.  Tate  :  .  „ 

I  have  yours  of  the  Snd.  ,  instant-1  can 

readily  understand  why  you  delayed  answering  ,  you  should  .have  an 
Assistant  Secretary-  I  met  Pterce  on  the  Street  today,  and  advised 
him  of  ttie  oontents  and  as  I  promised  him  have  sent  him  a  copy  of 
that  portion  of  your  letter  relating  to  iron. 

I  observe  that  the  Edison  Electric  light  Co'y 
or  some  one  assuming  to  have  control  is  proposing  putting  in  a 
plant  to  ljight  our  City-if  they  come  I  assume  they  will  require 
some  heavy  lawli$it-  if  you  can  shunt  it  any  way, do  and  oblige 
!  Yours  truly, 

A. 0. Tate  plsq,  , 

Edison' s  laboratory, 



Orange  N.  J. 

The  Edison  Machine 


No.  19.  DEY  STREET, 

New  .York, 

■June  21,  iaa9. 

A. 0. Tate,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.J' 

Enclosed  are  two  telegrams  received  from  Mr. Hammer  of  Paris, 
this  afternoon.  We  should  have  given  you  the  substance  of  these  as 
usual  over  the  telephone,  but  would  say  that  there  was  so  much  doubt 
about  transmitting  than  accurately  that  1  thought  it  better  not  to  at- 
tempt  it.  I  wall  ask  Mr. insull  on  his  return  to  sec  that  we  communi¬ 
cate  with  you  over  the  Long  Distance  as  we  formerly  did.  Ebr  some 
reason  or  another  the  exchange  people  have  cut  us  off. 

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performance  and  reception  of  th  e  Hew  York  Tel<qj,rarh  Operators, 
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New  York,. Oct.-, . 3Ist4„ja3£^..J<5 

A. O.Tate  Esq. , 

Edison's  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.J. 
Dear  Sir:- 

I  enclose  you  further  particulars  received 
from  Mr.  Lippinoott  this  afternoon.  You  will  see  that  the  pro¬ 
portion  between  phonographs  and  graphophones  is  as  nearly  as  pos¬ 
sible,  two  to  one. 

I  may  mention  that  Mr.  LippinCott  said  that  he  gave  you  full 
particulars  when  you  were  in  this  city  on  Monday. 



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1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  - 
Advice  (D-89-23) 

„  This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements  in 
Edison  s  inventions,  asking  him  for  advice  on  technical  matters,  or  requesting 
his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of  the 
letters  selected  for  filming  received  a  significant  response  from  Edison. 

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•  Thus.  A.  Edison, 

Oare  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Oo., 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  SirT- 

1  A  few  years  ago  1  had  two  or  more  very  interesting 

interviews  with  you  with  reference  to  the  Separation  of  butter 
from  milk.  I  explained  to  you  at  that  time  the  Centrifugal 
machines  which  were  being  used  for  that  purpose,  and  dared  to 
hope  as  the  result  of  my  interviews  with  you  that  you- would  be  able 
to  give  the  matter  some  attention.  I  apologize  to  you  fbr  again 
calling  this  matter  to  your  attention,  but  lei  mo  say  rthat  when  we 
consider  that  the  total  amount  of  butter  made  annually ‘in  this 
country,  amounts  now  to  nearly  two  billions  of  pounds,  and  that 
the  total- make  in  all  countries  amounts  to  at  least  ten  or  twelve 
times  as  much,  you  will  see  how  vastly  important  this  matter  is. 

let  mo  quote  from  a  letter  which  lias -just  been  submitted  to  us 
■The  Cream  Separators  have  hardly  had  time  to  obtain  a  foot- 
■hold  all  over  the  world  when  a  new  dairy  machine  threatens  with  a 
"View  revolution  to  do  away  with  the  Separators- in  the  art  of  butter 
Tnaking.  Butter -is  now  produced  direct  from  the  milk,  instead 
jjof  first  being  obliged  to  skim  the-milk,  and  then -afterwards  to 
chum  the  cream.  The  apparatus  is- dalled  the 'Extractor*.  This 
'taa chine  has  nothing  in  common  with  the  Separator.  -  This  invention 
has  been  tested,  and  it  removes  the  fat  direct  from  the  milk,  leav¬ 
ing  the  latter  perfectly  blue.  Instead  of  leaving  Butter-milk 
"it  leaves  only  sweet  skim-milk. 

”  If  the  Extractor  proves  to  be  all  that  is  claimed,  then  the 
■milk  may  not  be  subjected  to  so  many  manipulations,  changes  of 
"temperature,,  etc.,  etc.  The  treatment  will  be  limited  to  one  single 
process  and- that  under  simplex’  circumstances.  ■ 

-  All  the  foregoing  relatis  to  the  machine,  which  as  near  as  we 
can  judge  employs  the  Centrifugal  fpro-e  in-  sane  new' and  novel  way. 

The  machine' is  the  invention  of  a-:  Swede. 

?°  cabled  to  twp-di?fere^t;  firms^  our  representatives  in 
ashing  them1  ;t'oJfirid: 'out  'definitely -as  to  the  value  of  this 
machine. and .  to  ady-i-se'-us^'  ’  ‘'But-as  the  subject-lias  been  brought 
to  us  ,  in  v  this  -  forcible  ytyi+ii’  calls  "to"  Our  miM  ’  bur  pi'earsant’ '  in¬ 
ter  view,.' agd- on  the  spur  of  the  moment-1  -venture  to  address  you 
this  letter  and  to  inquire ?if  you rhave?''evar3,gi!ven^'tlie  matter’ natten’- 

tion.  .  '  '  -  '  t:  '  0  ' '  f  r  •  •  R  j  7  .  o'  :v:  o;.  o  -.  n 

I  should  dislike,;exc eedingly  to  have  ary  foreign  inventor" 
secure  the  credit -“of  "separating 'butter  ttL^rectly'from  tlie  m'iik7in  ' 

the  most  practical  and  in  the  best  possible  mariner .  As  ekpldined 
havo  felt- sure  that  sooner" or  iaterit  would  bV‘ ^  accom¬ 
plished,  and  I  did  want  the  credit  to  attach  to  one  of  our  ovm 
to^^TiS  1?*  there  is  "no-’  one  ^wrionri;  shoriid 'have  'been  so  happy 
to  have  had  the  honor  apply  as  t'o  -yourself .  :JCvi.  '•  ■  °  :  '  ;  1 

'  MW*  '  ineoaeieteni  ‘wUh  /jodr  ;otfcer  duties,  we  should  bev  ;" 
to  have  a  letter  from  you.  * 

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I  am  going  to  take  the  liberty  of  asking  vour 

in.|  matter  whioh  concerns  -an  .entire  ..tUr'to yoSelf; STs 
maUer  that  rBfer»  "t0  the  security  of  .my  property, 
possibly  you_  would  be  willing  to. give  me  some  advice. 

1  have  built  a  house  at  Elberon,  N..T.  and  as 

some  of  my  family  are  very  much  afraid  of  lightning,  I  would  be S 
_;glad  to  get  your  judgement  in  the  matter.  d  b 

~  adon t i n 1  carrled  out  the  suggestion  of  an  architect,  in 
?  dopting  a  rather  unusual  system  of- ptateetioh. 

I.  .  Ho  suggested  Running  a  strip'  of  oopper  1>32  of  m 

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Plabee,  ^d.joine  the  main  soil  pipe  which  >is  of  iron  for.  a  groSd. 

persons!  use.  ^  4**in*  mk  ^cept  for  my  own 

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0&Mjc-£cmi>,  ©.May  11,1889. 

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1  have  been  thinking  for  some  time  of  gettingup  a  device  f0  r  /  ^ 

..  .  .  ^  UM_v4t-  (/Uft  -ci  CSIa^Ii  m-P~i\y  oJ-ti'f 

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.  .  unjtCT  |  "2-  u>-e~J&c)  iw- 

°f  atomizing  the  oil.  The  Device  I  contemplate  making'>ould  r& 

quire  about  one-tenth  of  one  horse-power  tpTrun  it;  f/an  you  advise 

s  to  where  I  could  obta: 

i  electric  motor  for 

about  how  much  they^would  cost  for  a  large  number, and  Jw  much  per 
hour  the  cost  or  running  one  would  be  to  obtain  the  poW  named. 

Also  in  your  opinion  would  such  motors  as  are  used  in  running 
sewing  machines  answer  the  purpose  referred  to, and  if  so .what  could 

they  be  purchased  i 

in  large  quahti-t i e s. 

Any  information  you  can  give  i 

i  the  subject  will  be  thank¬ 

fully  received, and  should  you  not  be  able  to  give  me  the  same, will 
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1889.  Edison,  T.  A.  -  Visitors  (D-89-29) 

This  folder  contains  letters  of  introduction  and  requests  to  visit  Edison 
and/or  tour  his  West  Orange  laboratory.  Among  the  requests  are  several 
concerning  prominent  Latin  American  figures  such  as  President  Soto  of 
Honduras  and  politician  Agusto  Matte  of  Chile. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Routine 
requests  and  letters  of  introduction  have  not  been  filmed. 


Mew  Ybrk. — .Jan«.  1 1th  "1889.  ' 

My.  dear  Mr.  Tate;- 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  your  favor  of  the 
9th  inst.  received  today.  I  really  owe  you  an  apology  for  bother¬ 
ing  you  by  sending  anyone  to  the  Laboratory  .  I  suppose  I  refuse 

one  hundred  requests  to  every  one  I  comply  with.  Sometimes,  how¬ 
ever,  my  judgment  tells  me  that  it  is  a  matter  of  policy  to  do  ■ 
what  1  otherwise  would  refuse,  and  this  was  one  of  those  cases-.' 
Please  express  my  best  thanks  to  Mr.  McGuire  for  the  courtesies 
extended  to  Mr.  Mottram  and  his  friend  which  I  am  sure  were  ap¬ 
preciate.  With  renewed  thanks  and  ready  at  any  time  to  recipro¬ 
cate,  I  remain. 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq. 

The  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  N.  J  . 


My  deal-  Mi’.  Tate: 

ij  General  Christensen  of  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Co.  is 

expecting  a  friend  fro.  Copenhagen,  Denmark  to  vieit  him  thle  week 
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here,  end  desire  particularly  to  know  whether  it  would  be  conven¬ 
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our  to  you  with  a  letter  next  Friday  afternoon,  the  ISth  instf 
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ticularly  to  accomodate  General  Christenson  in  this  matter  and  I 
do  not  think  his  friend  will  take  much  of  your  time.  A  reply  by 
return  mail  so  that  I  can  get  it  Wednesday  morning,  *11  greatly 
oblige,  A 

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A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.  Private  Secretary, 

Edison's  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  take  pleasure  in  introducing  to  you  Mr.  D.  Fernandez 
Concha  a  prominent  resident  of  Chile,  South  America.  Mr.  Concha 
is  on  a  tour  of  investigation  in  this  Country  and  our  mutual 
friends,  Messrs.  W.R.  Grace  &  Co.  are  desirous  of  having  him  see 
something  of  the  Laboratory.  .  Any  courtesies  extended  to  him  will; 
bo  regarded  asY  special  favor  by 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison  ;  -  /fK^\  /  | 

some  of  the  member,  no.  attending  the  Preeb/erion 
General  Aeeembly  in  He.  York  City,  hare  aeked  me  .he  Jr  the. 
conld  not  make  a  rieit  to  your  Laboratory  1 

^epe  mould  probably  be  a  party  of  from  20  to  K>,  .ho 
.d  llke  t0  “y?  thiS  Tl8lt*  andf  lf  you  can  conveniently  arrange 
h"°  the”  «*““  »'  Lmhereet  in  the  Laboratory,  the 

Phonograph,  and  other  entertaining  invention,.  ,  „  „  ^  _ 
portunity  would  be  highly  appreciated. 

Will  you  kindly  adrise  me  what  day  this  week  such  a  .ould  be  convenient.  end  .hat  honre  .onld  be  meet  eatl.iaot- 

Sen'l  Supt* 


9(.  — june...2o.tht /SS  9 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:-  • 

I  am  very  well  acquainted  with  Mr.  j.  A.  Gaylord,  who 
is  one  of  Jay  Gould's  brokers.  He  has  expressed  a  wish  that  he 
and  his  wife  should  go  through  the  Laboratory,  will  you  allow 
me  to  bring  them  up  there  some  afternoon  ?  I  understand  you  have 
no  objections  to  responsible  people  going  through  the  Laboratory. 

Yours  truly, 



BEMOVLi-)  l'J  _ 

44  VJ all  St.  For/c, J.uLy.../|  Hf, .  i  prq  , 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.  Private  Secretary.  / 

Edison's  Laboratory,  / 

Orange,  N.  J.  / 

Dear  Sir:-  / 

I  have  again  broken  through  ray  rule  in  sending  letters 
of.  introduction  to  the  Laboratory  Wd  have' 'written  a  letter  of  in¬ 
troduction  in  favor  of  Mr.  Agustoiatte  which  has  been  signed  by 
fvtr.  .Herrick.  Mr.  Matte  is  ono/f  the  most  prominent  gentl ementin 
Chile,  having  held  a  cabinet  position  and  is  now  talked  of  for 
President.  Ho  is  int^dHube/to  us  by  Ex-Mayor  Grace  and  while  we 
are  sorry  to  trouble /you  vj would  like  to  show  him  some  little  at¬ 
tention  while  ho  is/here  And  he  is  very  anxious  to  go  over  the 



C^f.  19/6' t 


August  24,  1889. 

To  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esquire,  (or  his  Representative), 

Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 

Sir:— As  you  may  have  noticed  by  the  newspapers,  the  Govern¬ 
ment  of  the  United  States  is  to  tender  an  excursion  to  the  foreign 
delegates  to  the  International  American  Congress,  and  take  them  to 
various  points  or  interest  throughout  t lie  country.  The  party  will  con 
sist  of  atout  seventy-five  gentlemen,  amoi®  thm  the  most  distinguished 
statesmen  of  Central  and  South  America.  It  is  suggested  that  they 
will  be  interested  in  visiting  the  labratory  and  works  of  Mr.  Edison, 
and  Saturday,  Novenber  9th,  is  the  day  set  apart  for  that  purpose. 

I  would  like  to  learn  from  you  the  date  of  Mr.  Edison’s  re¬ 
turn,  for  our  foreign  friends  will  be  as  much  interested  in  seeing  him 
as  the  results  of  his  genius;  also  which  of  his  many  places  is  the 
most  interesting  for  us  to  visit.  An  early  reply  Would  be  greatly 

Very  truly  you  rs. 

Special  Agent,  Department  of  State. 

Allow  me  to  present  you  Mr. 
Seligmann-iui,  Tnspecteur-Tng&iieur  des 
Telegraphes,  who  is  sent  officially  by 
our.  Government  in  order  to  study  the 
telephonic  installations  of  your  country. 

I  will  be  very  obliged  to  you 
for  every  thing  you  will  do  for.  Mr.  Sdlig- 
mann-Dui,  who  is  one  of  our  most  eminent 

Please  to  remember  me  to  Mrs.  Edison  and 
her  charming  sisters. 

Yours  very  truly 


££tMi2iut  3u  (Soiweilkij'JbDmiiiijliauuu 

TH.  A.  EDISON  esq. 


1889.  Edison  Machine  Works  -  General  (D-89-30) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  business  and  finances 
of  the  Edison  Machine  Works.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Samuel  Insull, 
treasurer  and  general  manager,  and  pertain  to  the  sale  and  shipment  of 
dynamos,  wire,  tubing,  and  other  products.  Some  of  the  correspondence 
concerns  experiments  and  tests  conducted  by  the  Machine  Works  on 
compounds  sent  from  the  Edison  laboratory  for  use  in  insulated  wiring.  Other 
letters  relate  to  explosions  in  junction  boxes  in  New  York  and  other  cities, 
magnets  for  use  in  ore  milling  machinery,  and  batteries  for  phonographs. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  letters  of 
acknowledgement  and  transmittal;  meeting  announcements;  routine 
correspondence  relating  to  accounts,  equipment,  and  orders. 

Related  documents  can  be  found  in  D-89-70  (West  Orange  Laboratory  - 

SAMUEL  tNSULL , TrEas.&Henl.Man'ger. 

De  or  Sirs :  - 

We  have  your  favor  of  the  5th.  inst . ,  and  have  wired 
you  to-day  that  the  compound  #420  is  very  good  indeed/  When  hot 
it  becomes  liquid  enough  to  penetrate  the  cotton  thoroughly,  and 
the  only  thing  that  we  could  desire  is  that  its  non- inflammability 
bo  slightly  increased,  if  this  is  at  all  possible.  We  should  like 
to  get  from  you  a  lot  of  about  300  lbs.  just  as  soon  as  we  pos¬ 
sibly  can  in  order  that  we  can  make  a  regular  manufacturing  trial 
in  the  apparatus  which  we  have  here.  Please  advise  us  about  how 
soon  you  could  ship  us  this  amount,  and  oblige, 

Yours i/tfery)  truly, 

January  15th. 1839 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

.4  .  Orai'Ro .  If .  J 

Dear  fiirs:- 

.  Further  referring  to  your  favors  of  the  9th.,  10th., 
and  11th.  inst . ,  we  find  that  the  $4S0  Compound  would  bo  very  much 
better  if  it  were  less  inflammablo,  and  that  the  moltine  point 
should  be.  considerably  higher.  These  sane  remarks  apply  equally 
in  the  case,  of  #434B,  and  this  also  has  the  same  disadvantage  of 
not  ;boing  sufficiently  liquid.  Otherwise  it  appear?  to  be  just  as 
good  as  the  first  above  referred  to  compound. 

With  relation  to  Compound  #439,  the  molting  point  is  higher 
than  that  of  the  other  two,  and  it ’also  becomes  liquid  and  works 
very-  well  indeed,  but  it  is  too 'inflammable .  #440  is  entirely 

useless ,  being  altogether  too  sort.  We  arc  compelled  to  put  a 
braid  of  white  cotton  outside  of  this  compound,  and  if  the  melting 

lint  bo  low  it 

X  roc g i vo (1. your  telephone  message  yesterday  be¬ 
fore  I  left  hey  Street,  telling  me  to  see  about  your  wire  orders 
..for  the  Phonograph  Works.  I  find  that  we  have  shipped  about  fif¬ 
ty  per  cent  more  of  #18  Wire  than  was  actually  called  for  by  the 
Phonograph  Works.  The  delay  has  been  with  the  .030  wire.  Between 
200  and  225  lbs.  of  this  goes  forward  to-day.  Another  200  lbs. 
will  go  Monday. 

I  understand  that  your  requirements  are  ab 
and  I  have  given  instructions  that  that  airuunt  of  wire  must  be  got 
off  here after.  If  you  want  more  than  50  lbs.  per  day,  please  give 
instructions  that  Ilruosi  be  advised  of  this  immediately,  and  he 
will  see  that  whatever  you  require  is  shipped. 

X  wired  you  the  substance  of  the  above  this  afternoon. 

You  l 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Edison's  laboratory, 

Orange .  N.  J. 

P.S.  In  replying  to  this  be  sure  and  have  the  reply  addressed  to 
Mr.  Kruosi,  as  I  shall  be  back  in  Neve  York  again  by  the  time  a  re- 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York, 

FIRST  DISTRICT,  {omKibIrty  f 

General  Office ,  4 32  Fifth  Avenue , 


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My  clear  Edison: 

Ha  have  had  tv/o  inoro  explosions  of  Junction 
Boxes.  The  first  one  oe cured  at  the  Corner  of  Mai don  Lane  and  Nas¬ 
sau  Street  in  one  of  the  very  old  form  of  Junction  Box,  this  box 
having  boon  underground  nearly  five  yoars,  and  possibly  a  longer 
period.  Ihc  last  explosion  occurred  at  the  corner  of  3Sth.  Street 
and  Madison  Avenue,  in  a  box  laid  within  the  last  eighteen  months. 

Mr.  Krucsi  is  firmly  convinced  that  the'  cau3c  of  the  tluSUblo 
is  illuminating  gas,  which  becomes  ignited  by  an  arc  formed  at  Jrx 
the  time  of  the  blowing  off  of  a  safety  catch.  The  peculiar  thing 
is  that  this  tr ouble^not  occurred  for  many  years.  At  the  time  a£ 
the  Brockton  syst.nm  was  laid  the  3ame  trouble  occurred  in  one  of 
the  boxes  there, -as  already  related  to  you  by  Mr.  Knic3i  in  a  for¬ 
mer  letter.  ' 

Within  the  last  tv/o  months  tv/o  boxes  have  exploded  in  Chicago, 
and  one,  in  Boston. 

The  box  which  exploded  in  Boston  was  made  by  the  Tube  Compahy 
in  Brooklyn.  The  box  which  exploded  in  Chicago,  and  the  one  which 
exploded  at  the  corner  of  38th.  street  and  Madia  on  Avenue,  wore 
made  by  us  here  at  Schenectady.  The  box  which  exploded  at  the  cor- 



(2)  1^I§-TSS9 

nor  of  Maiden  Lone  and  Nassau  Street  wan  made  by  the  Tube  Company 
at  Kruosi 'n  Wash ington  f^roet  Mansion. 

Prom  the  iLct,  tliat  the  boxes  that  have  caused  trouble  have 
boon  made  at  such  entirely  different  periods  and  under  entirely 
different  supervision,  it  would  seem  that  the  trouble  is  radical 
and  not  duo  to  any  change  ih  tho  method  of  manufacture.  Are  ybu  of 
the  same  opinion  as  Kruosi? 

Mr .  Krucsi's  theory  id  that  owing  to  the  variation  of  tempera¬ 
ture  'the  air  in  tho  box  as  it  go  is  colder,  contracts  fchxxfxxsaHxxxxi-l 
and  forms  a  partial  vacuum  which  draws  tho  diffused  gas  through  tho 
poron  of  the  iron  box.  Do  you  think  his  theory  in  this  re spent  is 
correct?  If  so  do  you  think  that  this  gas  is  ignited  in  the  manner' 
that  Kruosi  suggests?  If  you  agree  with  him  bn  both  theories, 
what  remedy  would  you  suggest, 

Your  suggestion  about  japanning  the  box  inside  and  outside,, 
can  be  followed  in  the  case  of  now  boxes,  but  what  are  we  to  do  irr 
tlic  case  of  the  several  hundred  boxes  that  are  now  underground  in 
New  York,  Chicago,  Poston,  and  other  places.  The  only  way  that  Mr. 
Kruosi  secs  out  of  the  trouble,  in  the  case  of  tho  present  boxes, 
is  to  carefully  yentilute  them  every  three  or  six  months.  can  you 
offer  any  suggestion? 

If  you  think  it  detiirablo  to  try  any  experiments  on  this  sub¬ 
ject  wo  can  send  you  a  box  to  Orange. 

Will  you  please  answer  this  letter  to  Mr.  Kruosi  at  Scjhenecta- 
•dy.  .  I  shall  be  in  How  York .  be for  9  your  reply  cah  roach  liorp,  It 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq. 

o-o  Edison's  Laboratory. 

Orange.  N.  J. 

Oear  Sir : - 

Your  delay  in  sending  me  the  Entz  contracts  is  very 
seriously  affecting  our  business.  They  involve  matters  that 
3hould  he  closed  up  immediately.  The  contracts  should  not  he  sign¬ 
ed  by  Mr.  Edison  for  the  moment.  They  wore  sent  out  to  the  Lab¬ 
oratory  by  Major  Eaton  in  error.  They  should  have  been  sent  to  me. 
Will  ySu  please  send  the  contracts  in  to  #19  Dey  Street  by  a  boy 
immediately  you  get  this  letter. 

^  s mry  27th  .1889 

The  Laboratory  of  Thomas  A,  Edison. 

John  E.  Ott ,  Esq. 

Orange . 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  your  favor'  of  the  | 
to  the  matter  of.  a  change  in  th/  magnets' 

V/e  were  just  about  ready  to  cast  another  .  _ _  _ _w_ 

.but  will  not  do  so  pending  the/receipt  of  the  drawing  showing~tho 
changes  that  are  to  be  made  ini  connection  with  same.  V/o  shall  be 
glad  if  you  will  take  the  necesedry  steps  to  have  this  fo warded  to 
us  just  as  quickly  as  you  possibly  can,  as  we  camot  hold  off  the 
casting  of  this  magnet  but  a  very  short  time. 

Yours_very  truly, 

teth.  inst .  .with  relation 
^for  Ore  Milling  plants, 

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19  Dey  Street, 

NeWIYoRK.  '  -j.fc.rch  i,  xa% 

A. 0. Tate,  Esq.  , 

Edison's  Laboratory,  h.j. 

H/  Dear  Tate; 

Mf.Ott,  of  the  Laboratory, .advises  t^'v/oms  at  Bnhenoe- 
•tady  that  the  patterns  for  the  Magnet |6  Iroj^parator  were  not  cor¬ 
rect  and  would  have  to  be  altered. 

You  know  how  anxious  I  an  to  have  the  necessary  ^hineiy 
for  our  plant  in  Pennsylvania  gotten  out  in  the  quickest  uossibie 
tine,  and  if  you  will  kindly  see  Mr.Ott  and  hurry  him  up  on  the  draw¬ 
ings  that  it  will  bo  necessary  for  the  Machine  Wonts  to  have,  I  will 
be  very  much  obliged  to  you.  Let  me  hear  from  you  as  to  when  the 
drawings  will  be  sent,  and  oblige 

Yours  truly, 

ielf  to 

DR,  1 



•19  Dey  Street,  /2^- 

New  .York. 

March  a,  1888, 

A.O.Tate,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory,  Oraage,N.J. 
%  Hear  Tate; 

I  wish  you  would  see  Mr.  John  Ott  to-morrow  morning  and 
impress  upon  him  the  necessity  of  giving  The  Edison  Machine  Works  the 
necessary  information  as  to  the  changes  on  the  Magnetic  Separator. 
Unless  we  have  this  immediately  we  are  going  to  be  very  much  delayed 
in  the  matter  of  starting  up  the  Works  at  the  Gilbert  Ore  Mine.  I 
wish  you  would  telephone  me  as  soon  as  you  see  Mr, Ott  and  let  me  knottr 
when  the  information  will  be  sent  up  to  the  Works.  Please  don't  fail 
to  impress  upon  him  the  urgent  necessity  of  prompt  action. 

Yours  truly, 

March  11th. 1889 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

John  P.  Ott ,  Eo<j. 

Orange . 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  in  receipt  oi'  your  favor  of  the  8th.  inst . , 
and  have  also  received  the  blue-prints  referred  to  therein.  While 
these  prints  give  us  sufficient  information  to  make  the  alteration 
in  the  pattern  and  thus  complete  the  magnet,  we  s.  ill  lack  a  gener¬ 
al  drawing  showing  how  the  parts  are  to  be  used  and  placed.  It 
W arid  very  materially  facilitate  matters,  so  far  as  wo  are  c  one’ern- 
ed,  if  you  could  send  us  a  complete  drawing  showing  two  side  views 
and  plan.  The  first  drawing  received  by  us  showed  the  frame  work 
which  is  entirely  different  from  that  shown  on  the  prints  received 
from  you  this  morning,  jmd  those  are  somewhat  puzzling. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Edison's  laboratory. 

Orange .  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  arc  !in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  Stli.  inst . , 
returning  communication  of  the  Chicago  Edis  on  Company  with .  relat  io: 
to  the  explosions  in  connect  ion  with  their  underground  system. 

We  have  to-day  written  them  suggesting  that  they  arrange  to 
place  chloroform  in  these  boxes  as  suggested  by  you. 

General  Manager. 

SAMUEL  INSULL ,  Treas.  Si  Cent.  Manager. 


JUHWmESf  Asst  Gent,  Manga 

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19  Dey  Street. 

New  York.  March  is,  laas. 

A,0,Tate,  Esq., 

Edison's  laboratory.  Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sirs 

I  wish  you  would  have  a  blue -print  of  the  Magnetic  Separator 
etc.  sent  in  to  me  at  this  office. 

Please  do  this  at  once  as  I  wish  to  use  it,  and  much  oblige, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

Orange.  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Vfc  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  13th.  init . 
relative  to  the  matter  of  the  Ore  Milling  apparatus,  and  will  pro¬ 
ceed  to  get  same  out  in  accordance  with  the  suggestions  made  there- 


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laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange  .  N.  J . 

Dear  sir:- 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  21st.  inst., 
and  in  reply  beg  to  say  that  we  can  see  no  objection  to  the  method 
suggested  by  you,  but  the  question  of  labor  depends  so  much  on  the 
quality  of  the  compound.  If  you  can  forward  us  a  sample  of  the 
compound  you  purpose  using  in  this  manner,  we  will  experiment  with 
it,  and  report  to  you  further. 

We  must  apologize  for  having  overlooked  replying  to 
your  favor  of  May  11th.,  the  delay  having  been  entirely  owing  to 
press  of  business  in  our  Wire  Department,  which  has  compelled  us  to 
lay  aside  the  matter  of  experiments  for  the  present.  We  are  now 
testing,  and  will  report  to  you  fully  within  the  next  few  days. 

On  April  26th.  you  sent  us  three  samples  of  Fire-probf  wire, 

which  after  being  tested  appeared  to  be  fairly  good,  so  far  as 
their  fire-proof  qualities  were  concerned.  The  insulation,  however 

is  very  porous  and  it  would  appear  to  be  saturated  Y/ith  some  act: 
xxf  chemical  material,  which  entirely  destroyed  the  copper.  The 
tv/o  samples  vdii'oh  we  enclose  you  herewith,  we  placed  about  1  1/2 
inches  apart  upon  a  board  and  kept  damp.  A  pressure  of  110  volts 
was  kept  on  these  wires  for  a,  period  of  12  hours,  during  which 

time  the  moisture  penetrated  through  to  the 

and  the  current 

rune  3rd.  1889, 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N,  J. 
Dear  Sirs:- 

Further  referring  to  your  favor  of  the  11th.  May, 
the  four  samples  numbered  #586,  #585,  #581  and  #587  are  fairly 
good  as  regards  non-inflammability,  but  #586  we. notice  is  somewhat 
brittle  and  #587  is  too  soft.  As  regards  sample  #568,  this  is 
very  good  for  non-inflammability,  but  extremely  brittle.  #584 
is  hardly  as  good  for  non-inflammability  as.  those  above  mentioned, 
but  the  coating  is  certainly  the  best  so  far  as  flexibility  is 
concerned.  We  will  have  all  of  the  samples  placed  in  water,  and 
will  report  to  you  to-morrow  on  the  tests  we  make.  It  is  somewhat 
difficult  to  express  an  opinion  as  to  which  of  these  forms  is  most 
suitable  for  commercial  use,  as  this  point  we  can  only  decide  by 
your  first  sending  us  samples  of  the  mater 

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The  Edison  Machine  Works, 

nsar  Sir: 

Are  yott  acquainted  with  Mr.W.C.VtanHorne,  Front,  of  the 
Canadian  Pacific  Railway  Company?  if  so,  ,-111  you  please  send  me 
1Stt0r  °f  introduoti^  't0  in  favor  of  Hr, John  Langton,  of 
the  Canadian  Edison  Manufacturing  Company?  Mr.Langton  desires 
t0  R'et  at  Mr’Van  Horno  with  the  idea  of  interesting  him  m  the 
.natter  of  supplying  the  telegraph  lines  of  the  Canadian  Pacific 
Railway  with  current  for  dynamos. 

Yours  truly, 






19  Dey  Street, 

New  York,  June  20,  laaa. 

My  Dear  Mr, Edison: 

Will  you  please  inform  ::ie  as  to  what  you  have  done 
in  regard  to  the  Magnetic  Separator  with  which  we  propose  to  separate 
our  dust  at  the  Gilbert  Mine?  This  Separator,  X  understood  you  to 
say,  would  work  under  water.  I  would  like  to  get  this  as  quickly  as 
possible.  The  Works  at  Schenectady  are  extremely  buoy  both  in  the 
pattern  shop  and  in  the  machine  shop.  I  would  therefore  suggest  that 
as  you  have  splendid  tools  in  your  Laboratory  machine  shop,  and  also 
a  first-class  pattern  shop,  that  you  make  the  pattern  and  finish  up 
the  ma chine  there,  please  advise  me  if  this  coincided  with  your  views 
Of  one  thing  you  may  be  sure,  that  in  the  present  condition  of  work  at 
Schenectady  we  will  have  to  wait  a  long  while  to  get  it  from  that 
source.  They  have  all  that  they  can  possibly  hold  up  to. 

Please  let  me  hear  from  you  by  return  mail. 

■Yours  truly, 

To  T. A. Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  N.d. 


June  29th.  1889. 

Edison’s  Laboratory, 

On  the  27th.  inst ,  we  sent  you  small  quantities  of 

#35,  #514  and  #523  Rubber  Compounds  Inasmuch  as  \io  do  not  keep  a 
stock  of  these  on  hand,  we  would  suggest  that  in  the  event  of  your 
wanting  any  further  quantity,  yciu  had  better  obtain  same  direct  £x: 
from  the  B.P.  Goodrich  Oo.,  Akron,  Ohio. 

Compound  #523  appears  to  us  to  be  the  best  of  the  lot,  and 
costs  30  cents  per  lb.  We  would  like  Jrou  to  mix  some  of  your  non- 
inflammable  compound  with  #523  and  let  uk  hwe  „  r  +i,« 

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Charles  Batchelor,  Esq. 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

V/e  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  1st.  inst . 

Tho  six  #144  Feeders  were  shipped  on  account  of  your  order 
2S29,  which  called  for  six  #150  tubes,  but  as  we  did  not  have  this 
size  copper  in  stock  ,  and  after  conmunicat ing  with  the  Laboratory 
people,,  the  #144  tubes  were  shipped. 

With  reference  to  your  conmunioat  ion  without  date,  which  was 
received  here  on  the  30th.  ujito.,  asking  for  prices  on  various  siz¬ 
es  of  tubing,  etc.  wo  give  you  below  our  estimate  for  supplying 
you  with  what  you  require. 

We  will  undertake  to  supply  you  with  a  tube  composed  of  two 

#80  and  two  #150  copper  rods,  "all  material",  with  the  exception  of 
Compound,  at  the  price  of  $1.21  per  foot,  less  a  discount  of  20  and 
1Q£,  and  with  eight  tubes  with  a  circular  milage  of  800000,  at  the 
pi’ice  of  $2.27  per  foot,  less  a  discount  of  20  and  10#.  Also  200- 
feet  of  Bus  Bars  2"x3/8"  at  the  price  of  30  cents  per  lb.,  and  100 
feet  of  10  wire  rubber  covered  Multiple  Cable, -our  Grade  four  insu¬ 

lation  (v/hich  is  the 
foot.  This  would  be 

finest  we  have)  at  the  price  of  14  cents  per 

Ohas.  Batchelor,  Esq. 

Edisons  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir.'- 

Yonr  letter  of  the  4th'inrt,,  came  dal*  to  hand. 
With  relation  to  the  Commutator  about  which  you  inquire,  thin  win 
SO  forward  to-day.  >  The  delay  has  been  due  to  the  feot,"  that  • 

llaV°  a  Verj’  lfu'e°  ma!,bGJ-  ot  orders  for  machines  using  this 
style  of  Commutator  and  consequently  such  as  we  have  been  able  to 
complete ,  were  made  use  of  in  filling  thesq  orders,  and  trust, 
however,  that  the  delay  has  not  inconvenienced  you  to  any  extent 
and  shall  endeavor  in  futureHo  give  your  orders  better  attention. 

Yours  very  truly, 


,  1889 

The  Laboratory  of  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen, - 

Further  referring  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  inst . ,  x 

lative  to  dimensions,  etc.,  of  Hangers ,  Wall  Bearings,  etc.  we 

under  the  impression  that  the  Pulley^Shaft ing  Cataloguo  which  yo 
have,  is  one  of  our  old  edition.  We  therefore  take  pleasure  in 
enclosing  you  herewith,  one  of  our  very  latest  catalogues,  which 
we  have  no  doubt  will  give  you  all  the  information  you  desire,  r 
lative  to  the  articles  mentioned.  If  there  is  anything  further 
that  you  desire  to  know  in  connection  with  these  dimensions,  etc., 
kindly  advise  us,  when  we  will  take  imnediate  steps  to  inform  you. 
Yours  tru/y , 



My  dear  Mr.  Batchelor 

01  thS  S4th’  inSt*  'mS  duly 

received,  and  ^arranged  to  have  Mr.  Burlingham,  the  Draughtsman 
whom  we  intended  to  send  you  some  time  ago,  leave-  here  tonight  for 
Orange.  I  have  also  given  him  a  letter  of  introduction  to  you' as 

Mr.  Burlingham  made  up  all  the  original  drawings  for  the 
Entz  Multi-polar  dynamo  machine^  and  we  think  you  will  find  him 
a  very  good  man  for  this  class  of  work.  We  have  been  paying  him 
a  salary  of  $21,00  per  week. 

Trusting  that  you  will  find  him  fullycpnrpetent,  1  am, 

Y°urs  v.ery  truly, 

Charles  Batchelor,  Esq. 

i-son's  laboratory. _ _ 

Orange.  n.Jt - - 



Jj  ’  VP 

19  Dey  Street, 

New  York. 

The  Laboratory  of  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J.  ‘ 

GsntlomenjOn  Saturday  last  i  received  a  telephone  message  from  you 
“  reference  to  the  size  of  wire  that  is  ,,enorally  used  for  Arc  light 
work  in  this  city,  and  also  as  to  the  nunber  of  l.,^s  that  arc  usually 
placed  on  one  circuit.  I  have  tried  several  times  today  to  give 
this  information,  but  have  been  unable  to  communicate  with  the  parson 
who  asked  for  it.  in  reply  to  your  inquiry  I  willsay  that  the 
usual  size  of  wires  for  arc  light  work  are  Nos.  5  «  6  B.  &  s.  .  As  to 
the  nunber  of  lights  that  are  usually  placed  on  the  circuit,  I  would 
say  that  it  would  be  an  odd  thing  to  find  less  than  SO  lights  on  any 
circuit,  and  it  may  be  said  that  usually  the  m&  ym  co 
laaps.  But  in  this  city  the  ordinary  conditions  are  somewhat  changed 
on  account  of  the  management  of  the  Board  of  Electrical  Control,  as 
this  board  has  insisted  that  no  new  lines  shall  be  erected  without  '■ 
their  consent,  and  as  it  is  Somewhat  difficult  t0  got  that  permission, 
it  has  been  the  practice  for  some  time  of  the  Electric  Light  Co.  to 
crowd  as  many  lights  as  possible  on  every  circuit.  X  was  informed 
today  by  or*  who  c  v^ht  to  know  considerable  on  this  subject,  that  in 

r-lH^3rr0lt  dyaamoS  have  besn  eoupled^^tandem,  so  as  to  give 
cas-sV^^f^  f°rCe'  1  haVG  no  a°ubt  »  however  but ’that 
r “  tnx’  k-lnd  are  somewhat  exceptional.  In  a  general  way  I 





19  Dey  Street, 

New  York. 

Edison's  laboratory. 

Orange.  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  SirJ- 

Your  favor  of  the  13th.  inst.  came  duly  to  hand, 
and  in  reply  bog  to  say  that  we  received  orders  for  magnetic  field 
as  also  zincs  for  but  one  #4  dynamo  machine,  but  we  note  that  you 
desire  three  #4  machines,  which  strikes  us  at  an  unfortunate  moment 
inasmuch  as  we  are  entirely  out  .of  forgings.  We  have,  however, 
sane  forgings  on  the  road  which  we  are  expecting  daily  and  imme¬ 
diately  they  arrive  we  will  fill  your  order  with  the  least  possi¬ 
ble  delay. 

The  six  #4  Pillow  Blocks,  together  with  rocker  arms  will  be 
expressed  you  tomorrow. 

The  Extra  #4  armature, -same  as  the  three  already  sent  you- 
will  be  made  up  as  quickly  as  possible,  as  also  the  two  extra  Com¬ 

Your  telephone  message  relative  to  these  commutators  mislead 
our  people  here,  and  your  letter  reached  us  just  in  time  to  prevent 
the  getting  out  of  the  wrong  commutators.  The  message  read  two  ex¬ 
tra  16  division  commutators. 

X  shall  arrange  to  get  everything  off  to  you  this  week  that  I 
possibly  can,  as  I  shall  not  be  here  next  wee k.  Consequently  if 


- CW3 - 


- 13  /1  A/l  ««Q 

you  do  not  got  the  commutators  promptly  kindly  write  about  them, 
when  they  will  be  rushed  through. 

Yours  veiy  truly, 

Ass't  Qen'l  Manager. 

The  Laboratory  of  T.  A.  Erlis  on, 

Charles  Batchelor,  Esq., 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Lear  Eir,- 

We  have  your  favor  of  the  19th  inst .  confirming  your 
telegram  of  same  date.  The  telegram,  however ,  did  not  reach  us 
until  after  the  closing  down  of  our  establishment  last  night,  and 
consequently  was  mot  delivered  at  our  office  until  this  morning. 
Confirming  our  advices  through  our  Mr.  Insull,  wo  beg  to  say  that 
that  we  will  test  your  two  (a)  #18  Dynamos  Friday,  and  will  ship 
them,  either  on  Saturday  or,  at  the  latest,  Monday  next. 

Yours  truly, 

.  The  Edison  Machine  Works 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  25th  inst.,  advis¬ 
ing  mo  that  Mr.  Edison  does  not  desire  any  of  the  new  type  of  Mag¬ 
nets.  I  have  therefore  cancelled  all  orders  for  these  in  the  shop 
and  will  have  six  of  the  old  type  gotten  out  and  shipped  at  the 
quickest  possible  moment. 

The  Edison  Machine  Works, 

No.  44  WALL  STREET, 

New  York,  doc.  2,  lsso. 

My  Dear  Batchelor: - 

I  havo  written  Kruosi  asking  him  to  send  you 
tho  blue-prints  of  the  Junction  Box. 

I  havo  also  written  Soubcl  for  his  oxporionco  as  far  as 
moisture  is  concerned  in  connection  with  tho  junction  boxes.  When  I 
got  his  explanation  I  will  got  Krucsi’s  conmonts  on  same,  and  will 
then  forward  tho  matter  to  you. 

Chas. Batchelor,  Esq., 

Edison’s  Laboratory, 

Orango,  N.Y. 


Fnuia^^uUnfKuur^^l °*}**  messages  only  on  conditions  limiting 

atteP  Tblifiau' UNKBl»KATED  MESSAGE,  and  i s  delivered  by  request  of  fee  sender, 
TH03.  T.  ECKERT,  General  Manager. 

NORVIN  GREEN.  President.' 

•  KttttUEB  1  BEST  BY  |  r.EC*D  BT 

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j  . 

Keceivoi  tt  /  3  O 

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co-t'jf-  y  r  .'  - 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.  Private  Secretary. 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange.  N ew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: - 

Your  favor  of  the  83rd  of  November,  enclosing  lett 
oi  Mr.  C. G. Y.King ,  together  with  blue  print;  came  duly  to  hand. 

I  am  now  having  an  experiment  made  in  connection  with  the 
Junction  Boxes  used  in  otu’  underg round  system,  and  ponding  the 
completion  of  same  I  shall  delay  replying  fully  to  you. 







49  Dey  Street, 

NEW  YORK.  December  24th  1089  . 



I  have  just  seen  Mr.  Lombard  of  the  N.  A.  Phonograph  Co. 
ses  himself  as  .u:to  v/ell  satisfied  v/i  Lh  the  letter  I  recent 

ly  wrote  him,  in  which  I  quoted  new  prices  and.  gave  our  understanding 
of  the  only  kind  of  guarantee  that  we  are  willing  to  make.  There  is 
only  one  point  now  which  he  wishes  to  have  settled,  and  that  is, 
whether  our  prices  are  f.o.b.  cars  Orange.  He  says  that  some  time 
ago  he  got  into  a  tangle  because  hr.  thought  he  wj ss  not  to  be  charged 
with  the  packing,  and  when  the  bill  came  he  found  that  he  had  been 
charged.  ..Kindly  let  me  know  what  (he  new  arrangement  is  in  regard 
to  this  matter.  You  promised  me  when  I  last  saw  yon  that  you  would 

send  me  all  the  letters  etc.  ,  that  you  have  that  y/ould  be  neccessary 

for  me  to  have.  I  have  not  received  them.  I  should  like  to  know  what 
you  intend  to  do  about  advertising.  I  understand  that  you  have  given 
an  adv.  to  the  Electrical  Age.  If  will  be  neccessary  for  us  to  adv. 
at  once  in  the  large  electrical  Journals  such  as  the  Electrical  World, 
Electrical  Review, &  the  Western  Electrician.  It  may  be  advisable  to 
adv.  in  others  later  on,  but  I  think  in  these  three  we  should  adver¬ 
tise  at  once. 

General  Sales/Agent. 

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1889.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (D-89-32) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Philip  S 
Dyer,  Edison’s  European  agent  in  Antwerp,  and  deal  with  a  contract  between 
Edison  and  Felix  Lalande  for  the  rights  to  the  Lalande  battery. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  business 
correspondence  regarding  equipment  and  orders;  duplicate  copies  of  selected 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-89-01  (Battery). 

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DYER  (An1 


Capital  S  780,000 

Electric  Light  and  Telegraph  Dynnmos, 
Electric  Motors, 

Shafting  Pulleys  etc. 

Edison's  Underground  Cahel  for  Electric 
Lighting,  Telegraph  and  Telephone, 
Edison's  Devices  for  Underground 

Fusible  Metal  Strips  marked  to  Ampere?** 


Capital  S  750,000 

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Shafting  Pulleys  etc. 

Edison’s  Underground  Cabel  for  Electric 
Lighting,  Telegraph  and  Telephone, 
Edison’s  Devices  for  Underground 
^  ^  ^  Distribution. 

Capacity.  , 


Edison  Phonographs, 

Glass  Fusible  Safety  Plugs, 

All  Devices  for  Theatre  regulation. 


Capital  ft  75,000 


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DYER  (Anvors). 


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Electric  Motors, 

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Edison's  Underground  Cnbel  for  Electric 
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Law  Offices  of 


•  No.  40  Waul  Street, 

New  York . June. .26th, 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq* 

Edison's  Laboratory, 



Dear  Sir:- 

In  regard  to  the  Lalande  Battery  matter! I  delayed 
sending  the  papers  forward  because  I  understood  that  Mr.  P.  S. 

Pyer  was  on  his  way  here.  I  am  writing  hlra  to  day  about  lt§bu’  it 
has  oo  wrred  to  me  that  if  you  are  going  to  Europe, as  I  understand 
you  are,  you  can  probably  do  aomeihing  about  ihis  while  you  are 
there. There  is  a  question, as  you  know.about  a  bond  to  be  entered 
into  by  Lalande  and  I  can  probably  explain  ihe  matter  to  you  ver¬ 
bally  so  that  more  can  be  accomplished  witii  it  than  by  correspon¬ 
dence.  I  think,  you  said  you  expected  to  sail  on  July  2nd, and  if 
bo  very  little  time  will  be  lost  by  waiting.  I  wish  you  would  tele¬ 
phone  me  on  Thursday  morning  about  this  and  1  will  hold  the  paper, 
now  until  I  hear  from  you. 



Yours  truly, 

Mr.  Gladstone,- 

Horo  ia  ray  method  of  making  up  the  cost 
of  that  battery.  See  if  y(at  can  find  any  "bug*  in  it. 

I  find  that  by  working  the  plant  for  40  batteries  per  day, 

the  general  expense  is  41  /.  I  find  also  that  the  depreciation 

of  our  plant  is  eqial  to  about—SOHsents  per  battery.  Of  course 

we  have  to  pay  a  royalty  of  $1.20.  Our  total  labor  and-  material 

ia  $6.83,  of  which  only  78  c.e'nts  is  labor.  It  is,  therefore,  quite 

difficult  to  add  on  to  $6.83,  $4.42,  whi oh  comprises  the  general 

expense,  royalty  &c.,  in  such  a  manner  that  the  extras  such  as 

zincs,  coiyers  and  soda  will  not  seen  to  have  an  exorbitant  price. 

Where  our  labor  is  so  am  all  a  percentage  of  the  total  cost,  I  do 

not  think  it  is  a  good  plan  to  charge  our  expenses  and  profit  ac 

a  percentage  of  both,  as  it  makes  those  parts  whi oh  can  be  got 

anywhere,  exceedingly  dear.  1  have,  therefore,  supposed  it 

better  to  increase  our  labor  by  400#,  and  charge  about  15#  for 

actual  material.  In  that  way  I  have  made  the  following  cost: 

Box  complete,  without  zincs,  copp 
Oxide  plates,  8  lbs.  at  30 
Zincs,  Sfrribs,.  alt  12  /  " 

Soda,  8  lbs.  at  8  / 

In  the  above  price  of  box  compl  ate,  I  have  charged  4  covers 
at  12 y  each,  48  cents,  and  4  jars  at  13  3/4  /  each,  55  c<ants. 
Our  Price  Mat  then  would  be: 

Box  complete,  without  sines  &c.  ft7.46 

Oxide  Plates 
7.  i  n  c  s 

The  beat  discount  that  we  have  given  off  this  before; 
baa  been  10,*.  Now  you  see  we  could  afford  to  give  to  Mprinoott 
a  price  of  20*  and  5*,  and  that  would  still  b^he"  amount  of  our 
coat.  I  think  we  ought  to  givo  a  general  discount  of  15*  in  siomh 
case®,  and  in  special  oases  20*,  and  in  Mppinoott  *  s  case,  20*  and 



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Voltmeters,  Portable  Voltmeters 
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Lighting,  Telegraph  and  Telephone, 
Edison's  Devices  for  Underground 

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Capital  8  750,000 

Edison  Phonographs, 
American  Switches,  Cut  Outs,  Sockets 
Glass  Fusible  Safety  Plugs, 

AH  Devices  for  Theatre  regulation. 



Capital  $  500,000 

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If  you  answer  these  questions  in  the  affirmative  you  can  get  the  bat¬ 
tery  you  want  by  corresponding  with  us. 

We  have  just  commenced  the  manufacture  of  a  cell,  perfected  recently 
by  Mr.  Edison,  which  possesses  the  following  features: 

Internal  resistance  twenty-five  one-thousandths  (.035)  of  an  ohm. 

’One  hundred  and  fifty  (150)  of  these  cells  in  series  have  a  combined 
internal  resistance  of  only  three  and  three-quarter  (3 H)  ohms, 
which  means  practically  that  all  the  current  goes  to  the  line, 
regardless  of  conditions  of  weather. 

Local  action  less  than  one-half  of  one  per  cent.,  which  means  that  we 
obtain  from  this  cell  more  than  ninety-eight  per  cent.  (98ff)  of 
the  theoretical  amount  of  power  contained  in  the  zinc. 

There  is  absolutely  no  polarization. 

The  parts  of  the  cell  never  require  cleaning. 

We  use  a  simple  caustic  potash  solution  and  manufacture  the  potash  in 
sticks,  so  that  renewal  means  simply  placing  one  of  these  sticks 
in  a  cell  and  pouring  in  the  requisite  quantity  of  water. 

The  renewal  of  parts  when  required  is  readily  effected. 

For  Main  Batteries  on  Telegraph  Lines  we  make  cells  of  different  am- 


pere  capacities  which  have  a  life  dependent  upon  the  work  done  of  from 
six  weeks  to  one  year  and  over. 

In  short  we  manufacture  the  most  perfect  commercial  primary  battery 
that  has  ever  been  placed  in  the  market. 

For  closed  circuit  work  it  has  absolutely  no  equal. 

For  °pen  circuit  work  it  has  absolutely  no  superior. 

We  will  be  very  pleased  to  correspond  with  interested  persons  and 
give  further  particulars  with  which  it  is  unnecessary  to  burden  this  com 

Yours  truly 




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United  Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 


New  YORK,. _ ..... _ December  31,  1889. 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear-  Sirs: —  1 

Y/e  .  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  30th  inst , 
with  reference  to  the  Primary  Battery,  and  have  addressed  our  let¬ 
ter  of  enquiry  to  Mr.  Kelly. 

Truly  yours, 


Ass'tto  gen' 




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